UCF Sigma Chi conduct hearing scheduled
A conduct board panel hearing has been scheduled for the UCF Sigma Chi fraternity to address the alleged violations of the UCF “Rules of Conduct,” according to a document from the UCF Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
According to the document, which was released Tuesday, the conduct board panel hearing is set for Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.
The fraternity was accused of hazing, disruptive conduct and alcohol-related misconduct by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities regarding an incident on Feb. 18, according to the document.
At the hearing, the fraternity will have the opportunity to respond to these allegations, present witnesses as deemed relevant and have an adviser present. Sigma Chi may offer a written statement if it chooses to do so.
An appointment to discuss the incident report, which was submitted on Aug. 25, was originally scheduled for Sept. 10 at 1 p.m., but was moved to Sept. 18, said Chad Binette, UCF spokesman.
On June 18, the UCF Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life received an anonymous call through its anti-hazing hotline. During a short meeting between the caller and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the caller indicated that there was a Halloween party hosted by Sigma Chi where drugs were present. The caller also said that during the spring 2015 academic semester there had been a hazing incident involving a Sigma Chi pledge. Incident reports were also filed on July 16, July 22 and Aug.11.
According to documents from the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, more than a few members were present during an alleged hazing incident.
"In regards to the alleged hazing incident, only three members of Sigma Chi were held responsible for the hazing incident by the organization, but through our interviews it seems there were a total of six active members present during this incident," the document states. "This hazing incident also had taken place while the pledge was functioning in a role as a designated driver for active members of the fraternity."
Other issues in the Sigma Chi investigation include the fraternity initiating new members who didn't meet minimum GPA requirements and failing to notify the Office of Student Conduct and Fraternity and Sorority Life before taking action on hazing matters.
The Central Florida Future reached out to the president of Sigma Chi and is awaiting a response.
Paige Wilson is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByPaigeWilson or email her at paigew@CentralFloridaFuture.com.