UW-Madison terminates fraternity over underage drinking

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has terminated its Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter amid reports of underage drinking at a party.

The university announced Tuesday that its student organizations committee received a report that police responded to a party at the chapter’s house on July 23 and found underage students drinking.

The chapter was on suspension for violating safety policies and illegal drinking when the party occurred. The committee ruled Monday that the chapter had intentionally violated terms of its suspension by hosting an event that wasn’t permitted and voted to terminate the chapter.

Termination means the chapter loses all privileges that come with being a registered student organization, including the ability to hold events on campus.

The fraternity can appeal the termination. A fraternity spokesman had no immediate comment.