Status of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Sigma Chi

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Sigma Chi fraternities each have been placed on interim suspension at Wake Forest University. In both cases, the national organizations and Wake Forest University have taken this independent action.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, SAE’s national organization issued a cease-and-desist for the North Carolina Chi chapter at Wake Forest as a result of “potential violations of University and Fraternity policies and in response to mistreatment of members joining Fall 2018.”

On Friday, Oct. 26, Sigma Chi’s national organization issued an order to temporarily suspend the operations of the Delta Nu chapter at Wake Forest because it may have violated Sigma Chi Governing Laws and policies with an offensive email distributed to some students.

The University is reviewing possible violations of University policies. The University’s interim suspensions will remain in effect at least until the University’s investigations are completed and any next steps are identified in writing by the Office of the Dean of Students. The national organizations will have their own processes.

Interim suspension means that neither organization may function or participate in chapter-related meetings, social functions, or activities on- or off- Wake Forest’s campus. If an interim suspension is violated, individuals and/or the chapter may be charged with violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

We believe it is important to notify our campus community when concerns are raised that student organizations may not be meeting the expectations of or living up to the values of the University or their national organizations. The Office of the Dean of Students will provide updates about the status of each organization after their respective student conduct process is complete. We invite you to reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5226 if you have questions or concerns.

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