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Yale fraternity banned for sex misconduct policy violation

February 13, 2015

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — A social fraternity has been banned from Yale University’s campus for two years over an initiation ceremony that violated the school’s sexual misconduct policy, the Ivy League university announced Friday.

The Yale chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization apologized in a letter to the community for harm caused by a presentation made during the February 2014 initiation, but neither the fraternity nor the university provided details of the offense.

In a message to students, Yale Dean Jonathan Holloway said the fraternity has taken steps to respond to the violation and improve the “general climate that led to it.” He said he was keeping with university policy by maintaining the confidentiality of those involved.

Sexual misconduct on college campuses has been in the spotlight as students and the federal government demand stricter policies and stronger enforcement. A recent Rolling Stone article, later retracted, detailed an incident at the University of Virginia that sparked debate and the suspension of a fraternity.

The Yale chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon said in its letter that the University Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct found that fraternity members attempted to impede the investigation into the initiation ceremony. Since the investigation concluded, it said, the chapter leadership has adjusted its initiation process and received guidance from professionals on promoting “a more positive sexual climate.”

In addition to the ban on campus activities, the fraternity also is forbidden from communicating via Yale email systems and using its name in connection with Yale under sanctions that are in place until August 2016.

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