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Statement Regarding Suspension of Sigma Beta Sorority

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Below is an official statement from President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., regarding the suspension of Sigma Beta.

Dear UOlivet Family:

I want to inform you that the Sigma Beta sorority has been suspended as a recognized student organization at The University of Olivet for hazing. The decision to suspend the sorority was made after reviewing indisputable video evidence of the alarming behavior, as well as testimony and statements from those who were involved in the hazing as part of the new member intake process.

While I won’t go into detail on the specific hazing activities that were inflicted on the new students, I will say that these were not “mere” incidents, as some in the Sigma Beta community would suggest. In fact, these practices were so unsettling that some in the Sigma community chose to step forward.

Once the University became aware of this behavior, it conducted a thorough investigation in accordance with the procedures outlined in the UOlivet Student Handbook. The behavior, as evidenced in the videos and in student testimony and statements, is in clear violation of The University of Olivet Student Code of Conduct. It is also in violation of the Student Handbook, which states that “any form of hazing is strictly prohibited.”

As a result of its investigation, Sigma Beta has been suspended until June 30, 2025. Until then, it will not be recognized as a student organization or a Greek society and the house will be closed for the 2024-25 academic year, among other conditions of the suspension. After that time, Sigma Beta will be on probation until June 30, 2028. While we hope the sanctions underscore the gravity of Sigma Beta’s offenses, we are committed to restorative justice and collaboration between Student Life, Greek Life, and UOlivet alumni to make positive change a reality.

I will also share that this is not the first recent infraction by Sigma Beta. On April 10, 2024, the organization was placed on probation for violating the UOlivet Compact, specifically in terms of treating all people with respect.

At The University of Olivet, we take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously. We are committed to investigating all allegations of hazing, and if, after a thorough investigation in accordance with UOlivet protocols, we determine that hazing has occurred, we will take corrective action to protect our students.

 

Sincerely,

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D.

President

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