STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State University has suspended the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity for two years for violating the new, stricter alcohol rules during Parents Weekend.
The new rules were imposed after the February death of a student to a pledge acceptance party hosted by another fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, which is being permanently banned from the campus.
University President Eric Barron says nine of the university 82 fraternities and sororities violated at least one of the new rules, and Sigma Alpha Mu violated almost all of them.
Barron says drinking was excessive, not limited to wine and beer, and that no third-party licensed server was used. Underage drinkers and parents were visibly drunk on 1 April.
The brotherhood is not yet explained. The school’s Intrafraternity Council, said that the suspension was a “university decision.”