May 26, 2018
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University of Maine suspends Sigma Nu fraternity for five years

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Robert Dana
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine has levied a five-year suspension against Sigma Nu fraternity after repeated violations of the student conduct code, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Robert Dana announced Wednesday afternoon.

Dana said the fraternity’s most recent violation involved underage drinking and occurred March 18 at the fraternity house on Munson Road.

Two females, ages 17 and 18, who are not students at the university were taken by ambulance from the fraternity house to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment for severe intoxication, according to The Maine Campus.

UMaine began its investigation immediately after the incident, according to Dana.

“These violations of UMaine’s student conduct code are unacceptable and against our principles, and cannot be tolerated,” Dana said. “We have high expectations for our students and our student organizations and, in this case, those expectations have not been met.”

The chapter lost university recognition from May 2003 to September 2005 for similar violations, according to Dana.

In March 2010, a Glenburn teen was charged with criminal mischief and possession of alcohol by a minor through consumption after he got into a fight with a member of Sigma Nu, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

“They were in difficult waters already,” Dana said.

The chapter has one week to appeal the university’s decision.

“I understand that they are considering an appeal,” Dana said.

A conduct committee made up of faculty, staff and students would consider any appeal of the university’s investigation process or its sanctions, Dana said.

At the end of the suspension period, the fraternity would have to submit a petition for reinstatement, which would need to be approved by student affairs and UMaine’s Interfraternity Council.

UMaine’s chapter of Sigma Nu was founded in 1913 and has 28 active members, including 16 who live in the fraternity house. The students who lived in the house have been offered on-campus housing, according to Dana.

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