NE Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is under temporary suspension


Kamrin Baker

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This is a developing story. It was last updated at 11:13 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2019.

Friday morning, Sam Petto, director of editorial and media relations of UNO Communications confirmed that the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Nebraska Beta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is under temporary suspension.

In a statement to the Gateway, Petto said: “Last week, UNO’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was directed to temporarily suspend some operations by both its national organization and UNO as both entities began internal investigations into reported violations of Sigma Phi Epsilon policy. This investigative process helps UNO fulfill its commitment to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students.”

The Gateway received an anonymous tip the morning of Sept. 26 via phone that there was a possible suspension of Sigma Phi Epsilon, but the caller did not give much detail about the nature of the suspension.

Heather Kirk, the Chief Communication Officer at the national level of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity said she represents the officers at UNO. She issued a statement to the Gateway via email on Saturday morning.

“Working in conjunction with UNO, Sigma Phi Epsilon temporarily suspended some operations of the chapter, while we conduct an investigation into policy violations,” Kirk said.

The Gateway is continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to the internal investigations. Updates will be posted when they become available.