Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has returned to LSU’s campus, lifting a 2012 suspension that was handed down amid allegations of hazing and harassment.
The group, which was also suspended in the 1990s, had been barred from seeking reinstatement until earlier this year.
SAE doesn’t face a probationary period with its latest return, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said. The chapter has about 41 members currently, and the group has returned to its campus fraternity house for meetings. Ballard said there are no current residents.
“They met the sanctions issued in November 2012 and have met the qualifications with the university and the (Inter-Fraternity Council) to return to campus,” he said.
Brandon Weghorst, spokesman for SAE’s national headquarters, said the fraternity looks forward to its return to LSU.
“We have high expectations and standards for our brothers and, most importantly, we want them to serve as role models who challenge the stereotype of a fraternity man,” he said. “Our creed is known as ‘The True Gentleman,’ which provides the perfect ideal for members’ daily lives.”
A 2013 investigation by the LSU newspaper, The Reveille, found that the SAE fraternity had accepted charges that led to its removal from campus: hazing, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and endangering the safety of others.
SAE also was suspended from LSU in 1997 after a student died following a binge-drinking episode.
SAE made national headlines earlier this year when a video went viral of the group’s University of Oklahoma chapter performing racist chants.
The Oklahoma fraternity members were shown in the video chanting, “You can hang ’em from a tree, but he can never sign with me. There will never be a n---- in SAE.”
The fraternity’s national headquarters and chapters throughout the country sought to distance the fraternity’s reputation from that chapter, though a Louisiana Tech University student told Buzzfeed News that a similar chant was performed on the Ruston campus.
Last spring, LSU booted the Acadia fraternity from campus at least through 2018, following allegations of harassment.