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Fresno State suspends Sigma Chi fraternity

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The university and its athletics department have taken action against student-athletes alleged to have been involved

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – The Sigma Chi fraternity has been placed on suspension, Fresno State announced.

The suspension will remain through Feb. 3, 2020, and was due to reports of underage drinking, several instances of physical assault and noise violations at a fraternity-sponsored event on May 5, 2019, said Lisa Boyles, a university spokeswoman.

The fraternity was on an interim suspension while university officials reviewed the incident, Boyles said. This prevented the fraternity from exercising all rights and university privileges during that time.

Sigma Chi national headquarters also placed the fraternity on an interim suspension during the investigation.

Boyles said university police submitted its report to the Dean of Students Office and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office after completing its investigation.

The university was not able to substantiate findings against any individual involving injuries suffered by a Sigma Chi member due to a lack of sufficient reliable evidence, Boyles said.

Certain Fresno State-imposed conditions, such as completing a risk-management program will allow the university to fully recognize the chapter by the February 2020 date, Boyles said.

The fraternity can not serve alcohol to students over 21 until May 25, 2020.

Boyles said that the university and its athletics department have taken action against student-athletes alleged to have been involved in the event.

We expect our students to be responsible and comply with university policies while ensuring the safety of other students,” said Frank Lamas, university vice president of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

“We hope our students — future leaders of our communities — will learn, grow and develop from this situation,” Lamas said.

Anyone with information on the May 5, 2019 incident is asked to contact Fresno State Police at 559-278-8400.

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