Burlington, Vermont - December 16, 2011
The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Vermont is no more--and students at the frat house aren't talking.
But the fraternity's national headquarters is. Sigma Phi Epsilon's executive director Brian Warren announced the decision to shut down the UVM chapter immediately. The move comes after a week of headlines about a survey tied to the fraternity that asked students who they would rape.
In a statement Warren said, "Without suggesting that every member had knowledge of this questionnaire, the questions asked in the document are deplorable and absolutely inconsistent with our values."
The fraternity has declined to comment about what it's learned in its internal investigation. The drum beat for SigEp to go started shortly after the survey made it online. Students quickly rallied on campus speaking out against rape.
Warren's statement goes on to say that any behavior that demeans women is not tolerated by the Fraternity.
UVM's administration is supporting the move to shut down SigEp. Annie Stevens, UVM Vice President for Student and Campus Life said, "our reaction is the fact that we are very supportive of that decision."
Just because the fraternity is out Vice President for Campus and Student Life Annie Stevens says it does not mean an end to the University's own investigation.
"The fact still remains that UVM is going to carry out our own investigation and we believe we still have more information to find out for our own processes in holding the appropriate organization or individuals accountable," said Stevens.
Regardless of who ends up being held accountable- the dis-banned brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon won't be calling 371 Main Street home next semester.