SDSU fraternity shut down amid harassment investigation

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SAN DIEGO – A fraternity has been shut down at San Diego State as a result of misconduct issues, including harassment during an anti-rape rally.

Delta Sigma Phi decided to suspend it’s SDSU chapter after violated several San Diego State Student Affairs policies, campus spokeswoman Beth Downing Chee said.

“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,” according to Delta Sigma Phi national office. “The Fraternity cannot, and will not, tolerate blatant disregard toward our policies and standards for members and chapters.”

Members of the fraternity waved sex toys at anti-rape protesters on November 21 during the Take Back the Night demonstration, according to the campus official.

Hazing and alcohol misconduct issues also contributed to the dismissal of the fraternity, Chee said.

Those involved in the harassment policy violation also will be subject to a Title IX policy investigation and a student code-of-conduct 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.''

The process of the chapter's return to campus would involve meeting a series of “significant milestones,'' according to university officials. The house cannot be used until the chapter reaches approved charter status and must maintain an alcohol- and drug-free environment.

Also, the frat must employ a full-time house manager to address behavioral issues and adhere to the input of an advisory panel that will provide individual advising for each chapter officer.

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