The Ole Miss chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has been indefinitely suspended by its national headquarters, according to a release issued by the national fraternity office on Friday.
The three Ole Miss freshmen from Georgia suspected of having committed the defacement of the Meredith statue last Sunday have already been expelled from the fraternity. According to the latest reports from Ole Miss Police, the three freshman have admitted hanging a noose around the statue’s neck.
They also are accused of draping a pre-200s Georgia State flag around the statue’s shoulders. They were expected to talk to the police about the matter Thursday but didn’t show and have since acquired an attorney to represent them.
The release from the fraternity’s national headquarters said, “SigEp has indefinitely suspended its University of Mississippi Chapter and asked that the chapter cease all operations.”
The release added, “The fraternity staff is working with chapter and alumni-volunteer leadership to conduct an internal investigation. The fraternity intends to conduct a comprehensive review of the membership to ensure members’ values align with those espoused by the fraternity.
“We won’t allow the actions of a few men to undermine the more than five decades of leadership this fraternity has demonstrated in the fight for racial equality and diversity on our college campuses,” said SigEp CEO Brian C. Warren.
SigEp as a national organization has a reputation for inclusiveness. In 1959, it was the first national frat to invite members of all races and religions to join its ranks.
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