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Disciplinary Action Against Delta Sigma Phi

The Delta Sigma Phi chapter at SDSU closed.
By SDSU News Team
 

San Diego State University’s Division of Student Affairs has announced the disciplinary action that will be taken against the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity as a result of a consistent pattern of policy violations that includes the harassment of a Take Back the Night March on Friday, November 21, 2014, as well as other significant hazing and alcohol misconduct issues.

As a result of this consistent violation of university policies, the Delta Sigma Phi national office, in consultation with SDSU, has closed its Gamma Alpha chapter. Delta Sigma Phi and SDSU have agreed that the earliest date for recolonization would be fall 2016. The return date is subject to a review of demonstrated adherence to university policies.

“It recently became clear that certain members of Gamma Alpha Chapter have not maintained the integrity that our members deserve and that our history demands,” read a statement from the Delta Sigma Phi national office. “A series of incidents highlighted behavior inconsistent with the high standards that have been synonymous with the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity at San Diego State University. After learning of widespread member misconduct issues, the National Fraternity determined it was not in the best interest of Delta Sigma Phi to continue operating Gamma Alpha Chapter. The Fraternity cannot, and will not, tolerate blatant disregard toward our policies and standards for members and chapters.”

Additionally, individuals involved in the harassment policy violation will be subject to a Title IX policy investigation and a student code of conduct policy violation investigation.

“There is no place in our campus community for the type of ongoing behaviors displayed by those involved with this fraternity chapter,” said Eric Rivera, SDSU’s Vice President for Student Affairs. “We appreciate the willingness of the national office of Delta Sigma Phi to step in and address these issues and take action with us. We hope that through these actions, when the time is right, they will bring a chapter back to SDSU and be productive members of our community.”

The process of returning to campus involves meeting a series of significant milestones. The fraternity's house can not be utilized until the colony reaches approved charter status and they must maintain an alcohol and drug free environment, both in the chapter house and individually-leased spaces. In addition, the chapter must employ a full-time house manager to address behavioral issues and advise the chapter. The organization will also create an advising panel that will provide individual advising for each chapter officer.

Ongoing Campus Activities

The university is committed to preventing sexual violence through education, training and rigorous accountability. SDSU welcomes campus dialogue and encourages survivor advocacy as essential parts of its efforts to ensure the campus is safe.

Below is a list of programs and activities already in place at San Diego State University where training and education of the campus community about these important issues takes place. More information about SDSU’s activities on this issue can be found at titleix.sdsu.edu.

Multiple training programs, highlights include:

  • New Student and Parent Orientation
  • Residential Advisor Training
  • FratManners
  • GAMMA
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • These Hands Don’t Hurt
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Workshop
  • Wellness Workshops
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) trainings
  • Training for Faculty and Staff
  • Annual Notification
  • Harassment and Discrimination Training (mandatory for supervisors/managers; available for all employees)
  • New Employee Orientation
  • New Faculty Orientation
  • Title IX Training for managers (voluntary)
  • New Department Chairs Training

Annual Events - http://arc.sdsu.edu/wellness/events/upcomingevents.php

  • RAINN Day
  • Teal Ribbon Campaign
  • Denim Day
  • Take Back the Night
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Resources

  • Counseling and Psych Services
  • University Police
  • Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators
  • Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Health Services and Health Promotions
  • Employee Relations and Compliance
  • Sexual Violence Task Force
  • Collaborative Incident Management Team