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University of Arizona expels fraternity from campus

University of Arizona expels fraternity from campus

The Kappa Sigma fraternity house located at 1423 E. 1st St. on July 27, 2018. The fraternity has been expelled from the University of Arizona campus.

The University of Arizona has removed a fraternity from campus after an investigation revealed that members were holding events with alcohol while under sanction, assaulted a female security guard and created a slush fund to hide activities from the school, according to documents provided by the UA.

The removal of Kappa Sigma comes less than a month after the UA suspended another fraternity.

UA officials withdrew Kappa Sigma's recognition after its investigation. The fraternity was already under probation by the UA and national office at the time of the latest violations and was prohibited from holding events where alcohol would be served.

"This behavior is unfortunate, dangerous and not reflective of the university's values," Dean of Students Kendal Washington White said in a news release.

Kappa Sigma has been ordered to cease all activity on the UA campus. In May 2023, the fraternity's national office can propose a reinstatement plan, as long as no current members are affiliated with the new chapter, the release said.

The UA will withdraw a fraternity's recognition when the chapter presents a substantial health and safety risk to its members and other students.

The chapter has been given the opportunity to respond to the findings and has until Aug. 14 to appeal the UA's decision, the release said.

The Dean of Students Office received a complaint this spring regarding an incident during an April 10 event with the sorority Delta Gamma, according to a letter sent to the fraternity from the dean's office.

While the party was supposed to be alcohol-free, when security guards arrived, the men at the party had allegedly already been drinking and many were extremely intoxicated, the letter said.

Security guards found alcohol in the common areas of the Kappa Sigma house and told members that they had to take the alcohol to their individual rooms, since the event was supposed to be dry, according to the letter.

The guards were met with resistance and a female guard was involved in a physical altercation with an expelled member of the house, the letter said.

Campus police came to the house later and shut down the party.

After receiving the report, the dean's office put Kappa Sigma on interim loss of recognition, pending the results of the investigation, which revealed additional code of conduct violations, the letter said.

Through a group messaging thread, investigators discovered a longstanding slush fund that members used to fund off-campus social events. In the chat, members of Kappa Sigma discussed getting alcohol "as a means to 'get girls to stay at the house,'" the letter said.

The investigation also turned up a second assault on a security guard at a different event, but by the same person who assaulted the guard during the April 10 party, the letter said.

The dean's office found that Kappa Sigma had violated five code of conduct items.

Mitchell B. Wilson, the executive director of Kappa Sigma's national organization, did not immediately respond to the Star's request for comment.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at cschmidt@tucson.com or 573-4191


 


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