University of Central Florida Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity Hazing incident May have included Sexually Assault of Pledges (UPDATE: CLOSED DOWN)
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Central Florida appear to be in some major trouble. The fraternity has been suspended by its national charter after three students were found so drunk that they need to be hospitalized. Now SAE is being investigated in a hazing ritual where some of the pledges may have been sexually assaulted.
School officials investigating an apparent hazing ritual at a fraternity house on the University of Central Florida campus in which pledges were found in diapers, fairy wings and women’s panties told Local 6 News that there is evidence that several of them may have been sexually assaulted.
University police, acting on a tip, said they noticed loud, aggressive screaming and moaning coming from the SAE fraternity house.
“At first, students would not let police into the fraternity house because they said they were performing a ritual,” Local 6′s Louis Bolden said. “Apparently, that ritual included male students dressing up like women and drinking until they had to be hospitalized.”
Friday, Local 6 News reported that a university official close to the investigation confirmed that a police investigation has been launched into whether the men were sexually assaulted.
UPDATE: (11/9/06) Florida University Shut Down After Hazing Incident
Looks like a bade case of when Animal House goes wrong, terribly wrong. What gets me is how on earth any self respecting person would allow anyone to do this to them? With the price of what college tuition (UCF: $3,502 in-state, $17,027 out-of-state) is these days? Exactly why would anyone allow themselves or want to be a part of something that would do this? Better than that, those that did this to the pledges have a firm grasp of right and wrong. The sad fact is that this is the tip of the iceberg … SAE just happened to get caught.
Police said they found pledges crawling on their hands and knees and wearing items such as diapers and women’s underwear, three men were taken to a hospital, and the house smelled of beer, urine and vomit. (AP)
Let’s take a look at what UCF has to say about their fraternities on their web-page.
Fraternity and Sorority Life will be a premier Greek community that fosters an inclusive environment committed to academic excellence, community engagement, personal and leadership development in a safe and supportive environment … (UCF)
Yep, nothing says “personal and leadership development in a safe environment” like wearing woman’s underwear and spelling like urine and vomit.
The mission of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Central Florida is to provide a quality and safe undergraduate fraternal experience that enhances student development through the active advising of student leaders. We endeavor to provide opportunities that will create life-long bonds through the principles encompassed in fraternal values … (UCF)
Nothing says life-long bonds like making another dress in a diaper or female underwear and get them so intoxicated that they need to be hospitalized. The end result is that Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at UCF was closed. Lets hope that they brain-trust as UCF decides to take a look at the rest of the Greek system as well on their college campus.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter will be closed immediately, said Brandon Weghorst, a spokesman for the Evanston, Ill.-based fraternity.
“Our board does not feel it’s worth the effort to rehabilitate the group,” Weghorst said Wednesday. He said as many as two-thirds of the chapter’s approximately 90 members may have been involved.
The chapter, at the school since the university opened in 1968, was previously suspended for a year in 2003 for a suspected hazing.
Chapter president Dru Dalton did not immediately return a message seeking comment Thursday. (AP)