UCF panel recommends Sigma Nu not in violation
After a panel hearing Thursday morning, the UCF Office of Student Conduct has recommended that Sigma Nu Fraternity should not be found in violation of the "condoning or encouraging acts of sexual misconduct" rule for student organizations.
UCF documents showed that Sigma Nu had been suspended after a June 9 incident when a member was reportedly caught on video chanting "rape" and sexual comments.
According to UCF documents from the hearing, the conduct panel reviewed information from five witnesses, four of whom were in the apartment on the night of the incident. The panel found that the witnesses' testimonies did not have any contradictions and there was insufficient information to suggest that Sigma Nu, as a fraternity, was responsible for the individual's remarks.
Therefore, the panel believes the act to be a reflection on one individual and not a group act, according to UCF documents.
UCF spokesman Chad Binette said the panel's recommendation is forwarded to the university's director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, who will decide the final ruling in the case.
"The appalling behavior seen in this video is not how responsible men act. While offensive speech may be allowable, it is inappropriate in every sense. That's why we're working with the national fraternity office to help change the culture that led to this behavior," Binette said.
Brad Beacham, executive director of Sigma Nu, released a statement praising UCF for its decision to reject the charge.
“The decision of the UCF hearing panel is consistent with the findings of the fraternity’s investigation," he continued. "The reprehensible comments on the recordings were made by an individual and are the responsibility of that individual." The brother in question has since been suspended.
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