One of two Jewish fraternities at UW-Madison has been kicked out of campus life for repeated misconduct, the university announced Wednesday. Alpha Epsilon Pi is the second fraternity ousted by the university this semester after no terminations had occurred since 2006.
Wednesday’s announcement came after what the university described as a pattern of misbehavior and suspensions that fraternity members did not remedy.
“Our hope was that they’d work through suspension and come out of it better and stronger,” said Eric Knueve, an assistant dean in the student life office. “They chose a different route.”
The fraternity will be terminated for at least two years. The chapter can appeal the decision.
The termination came because the fraternity twice in the last year violated terms of its suspension, which was handed down in 2013 and was set to expire the first day of 2015.
Last fall, the fraternity allegedly hosted recruiting and social events with underage drinking, violating terms of its suspension. Then in December, the group hosted another party that involved underage drinking and alleged sexual harassment of a female employee of the hosting venue, according to the university.
Conner Feldman, executive president of the Interfraternity Council at UW-Madison, said fraternities must uphold the values and integrity of the judicial processes from the council.
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“The repeated offenses and multiple violations by Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity are inexcusable and inappropriate,” Feldman said.
The Chi Phi fraternity was terminated in March by the Committee on Student Organizations because of an alleged hazing weekend in December that the university deemed severe enough to merit immediate suspension followed by termination.
Alpha Epsilon Pi had been punished in November 2013 following an incident in which police were called to a party at an apartment where many members live. It has no chapter house.
Officers were greeted by a drunken fraternity member who told an officer to leave and that he would shut the door. The officer arrested the man and found him in possession of two ID cards that weren’t his and falsely identified him as being of legal drinking age.
The committee suspended the fraternity for two years because it had committed similar violations three times in the past five years.
An earlier violation the university tagged them for in March 2013 occurred when police entered a fraternity party attended by 300 to 400 people in a space with a capacity of 99, police said in a university report.
An underage woman was found severely intoxicated and a fraternity member turned out the lights when police approached to help the woman, according to police. Many drunk attendees were underage and fraternity members did not cooperate with police when they tried to shut down the party, the report said.
Fraternity members could not be reached for comment.