To: The University Community
From: Sidney Evans, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
The national office of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity notified Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Jan. 22, that it has suspended the Virginia Sigma Chapter's charter, effective immediately.
SAE's national office concluded that the off-campus party on Monday, Dec. 2, qualified as a fraternity-sponsored event that violated the fraternity's health and safety policies.
The national fraternity ruled that the suspension will be for 36 months. That means that SAE could be eligible to return to W&L in 2017, pending University approval.
We support SAE's decision and will continue to work with the national organization on this issue.
According to the national fraternity, the 57 current active members of W&L's SAE chapter are suspended from membership until they graduate or leave the University.
The 18 students who were living in the fraternity house have been told that they must vacate that facility as of the conclusion of the Washington Holiday on Feb. 23. W&L is working with each student who must move out in an effort to keep disruption to a minimum. Sophomores will be required to move into on-campus housing.
If you have questions about this matter, please direct them either to me or to Megan Schneider, associate director of leadership and residential learning initiatives.