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SAE to Face Possible IFC Expulsion

By Kathy Lin and Kelley Rivoire


The Presidents’ Council of the Interfraternity Council will vote on whether to expel the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from the IFC at a meeting on Feb. 23, said IFC President Christopher P. Child ’06.

Several members of SAE were arrested last December following a party held at an Allston house where four members of SAE resided. According to an SAE public statement, however, several allegations in a Dec. 10 Boston Police press release were not accurate.

Should SAE be removed from the IFC, the fraternity would “automatically lose recognition by MIT,” and would “most likely lose their charter,” Child said in an e-mail.

SAE expulsion proposed

At a meeting of the Presidents’ Council last week, a motion was made and seconded to expel SAE.

A vote of at least 50 percent, or 13 of the 26 voting members, would be necessary to remove SAE. The Presidents’ Council can vote to remove SAE at any time, for any reason, because of SAE’s status as an associate rather than full IFC member.

The motion was made on the basis of comments from the IFC’s SAE Expansion Committee because SAE has had a history of allegations of risk management and rush violations, including the December party, Child said.

“An associate member, in theory, should be a perfect upstanding citizen, which some of the presidents don’t believe is true,” Child said.

“We believe that the IFC has established a judicial process for a reason, and we hope that the presidents are committed to maintaining the integrity of the process,” said Matthew W. Adkisson ’06, public relations chair for SAE.

“Our president has been meeting with other presidents to answer questions and clear up misconceptions,” he said.

SAE account, police report differ

A Boston Police press release dated Dec. 10 and an SAE public statement released to The Tech by Adkisson yesterday differ on several accounts.

According to the BP press release, three members of SAE were charged with “keeping a disorderly house and procuring alcoholic beverages for person under the age of 21.”

The BP press release also stated that police found numerous empty alcohol containers, as well as about 35 people, many of whom were hiding in closets. Two underage people at the party also admitted they had been served alcohol, according to the press release.

Adkisson said that “there was no MIT fraternity event that night,” and the non-residents of the house who were there on the night of the arrests “were not invited to the house by any members of the MIT chapter” of SAE, but rather by other residents of the house.

According to the SAE public statement, Boston Police “did not find any kegs, beer balls, drugs, or minors in possession of alcohol,” and only “two small bottles of Amaretto were found in a senior’s room.”

Although the SAE public statement acknowledges that “police found an intoxicated” Boston University student at the house, the student allegedly “drank earlier in the night at a neighborhood party and asked to sleep on a friend’s couch” in the SAE brothers’ housemates’ apartment. Paramedics “determined she was more tired than intoxicated and voluntarily left her in her friend’s care,” according to the statement.

A court case concerning the party is pending, but Adkisson declined to comment on it and allegations related to it.

The fraternity has not been convicted of any violations to date, Child said.

“In response to this incident, SAE brothers are working with our national organization and our local alumni to draft stronger risk management policies,” according to the public statement. Both the national organization and the local alumni board for SAE “have reiterated their complete support for our chapter,” according to the statement.

IFC to vote on expulsion motion

The IFC’s SAE Expansion Committee, composed of six members from different fraternities, “worked with [SAE] in the process of becoming an associate member,” Child said. They will prepare a recommendation to expel SAE this week, to which SAE will then be able to respond prior to the meeting, Child said.

Child said that he could not speculate on whether SAE will be expelled. “I’m not sure which way the presidents are leaning right now,” he said.

SAE will be present at the Feb. 23 meeting, but as an associate member, will not have a vote.

If expelled, SAE would be required to wait three months before applying to rejoin the IFC as an associate member. Full IFC membership requires a minimum of one year as an associate member followed by six months as a probationary member, Child said.

SAE was de-recognized in January 2000 after an underage drinking incident and recognized as an associate member of the IFC at the end of last spring.