published on August 30, 2019 - 1:24 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno State officials announced that the Sigma Chi fraternity has been suspended due to incidents they say took place at a frat-sponsored event.

The May 5 party included underage drinking, instances of physical assault and noise violations, according to a university news release.

The suspension will last through Feb. 3, 2020 if the fraternity satisfies certain university-imposed conditions, such as completing a risk-management program.

It will not regain its right to serve alcohol to students of legal age at its functions until May 25, 2020.

During the fall 2019 semester, the fraternity will be allowed to have two chapter meetings a month to discuss risk-management programs, chapter business and philanthropy/community service projects.

In addition to suspending the fraternity, the university and its Department of Athletics have taken action regarding student-athletes alleged to have been involved in the event. In accordance with privacy laws and university policy, the university is prohibited from commenting on actions or charges made against individual students.

“We expect our students to be responsible and comply with University policies while ensuring the safety of other students,” said Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Fresno State. “We hope our students — future leaders of our communities — will learn, grow and develop from this situation.”

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