Court Upholds Mason’s Sanctions against Sigma Chi
February 27, 2008Print-Friendly Version
The recent decision by a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit against George Mason University administrators by the Iota Xi Chapter of Sigma Chi vindicates the university’s support of an earlier ruling by an independent Student Judicial Board to revoke recognition of this Greek university chapter for violating the institution’s student judicial code.
Sigma Chi was charged with hazing, providing alcohol to minors and sponsoring parties under conditions that resulted in sexual assaults on female guests. Following an extensive hearing in May 2006, the Student Judicial Board found clear and convincing evidence that supported the university’s charges and voted to revoke recognition of the fraternity for 10 years.
One of the university’s most fundamental responsibilities is to provide all students with a safe learning environment where they can pursue their educational goals without fear of interruption or regard for their physical well-being. The university takes very seriously problems of underage drinking, abuse of alcohol and sexual assault in the college environment. The university remains committed to ensuring that action is taken to prevent these kinds of activities, and to maintaining a safe learning environment. The university has programs to prevent and educate students regarding sexual assaults and alcohol abuse. Further information regarding these programs can be found at gmu.edu/facstaff/sexual and www.gmu.edu/student/hwc/saps.