(Bloomberg) — Yale University banned its Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter from campus until August 2016 for violating the school’s sexual misconduct policy.
The fraternity is prohibited from on-campus activities, communication via the university’s e-mail systems and bulletin boards and the use of the SAE name in connection with Yale, according to a message Dean Jonathan Holloway sent to students, faculty and staff. The violation involved a presentation at an initiation ceremony in February 2014, the chapter said in an accompanying letter.
Colleges are placing the conduct of Greek organizations under the microscope while more than 90 U.S. universities face federal scrutiny for their handling of sexual-assault reports. SAE, one of the nation’s largest fraternities, last year banned pledging, the months-long initiation period for recruits, because of its association with hazing, dangerous drinking and other misbehavior.
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“The incident last spring does not represent the values of our fraternity,” the members of Yale’s SAE chapter wrote in the letter. “The presentation was not supported by the fraternity, nor were members of the fraternity made aware of the content of the presentation prior to its delivery.”
The chapter apologized for the incident and for attempts by some of its members to impede the investigation.
SAE, based in Evanston, Illinois, has about 240 chapters and 15,000 college members. Its alumni include Wall Street titans such as T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman-turned investor, as well as hedge fund managers David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital LLC and Paul Tudor Jones of Tudor Investment Corp.
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Brandon Weghorst, a spokesman for SAE’s national organization, didn’t immediately comment.
The U.S. Education Department resolved an investigation of Yale’s handling of sexual misconduct in 2012, and the university agreed to review and change its policies. The investigation stemmed from a complaint citing an incident where members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity stood outside the Women’s Center in 2010 chanting “No Means Yes” and other slogans as part of its initiation ceremony.
The school in New Haven, Connecticut, was fined for underreporting sexual assaults in 2013 and placed under monitoring that lasted through May 2014.
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