CORVALLIS — Oregon State University has suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity for two years because of student-conduct violations.
University spokesman Steve Clark declined to specify why the action was taken, other than to say it involved "repeat activities outside of the boundaries of the code of student conduct."
It's the first time Oregon State has suspended a fraternity in more than a decade. The house will continue to operate as a fraternity, but the suspension prevents Kappa Sigma from using resources and facilities, and participating in Greek life activities that are available to recognized houses.
Kappa Sigma President Billy Anderson told the Gazette-Times that the suspension resulted from an incident that happened on St. Patrick's Day weekend in 2012.
Police reports reviewed by the Gazette-Times show the police investigated a third-degree assault there on March 18, 2012. Corvallis police records also show that officers made 20 calls on the fraternity in 2012. Nine of the incidents were serious enough to require a report. Police Chief Jon Sassaman said 20 calls to one Greek house is "more than we hope to have happen." However, he said having nine cases requiring a report qualified Kappa Sigma for "about average" in that area.
Kappa Sigma can apply for reinstatement at the end of 2014. Its history on campus dates to 1905. Anderson said the university did what it needed to do, and the fraternity has taken steps to fix its problems. "Over the last few months, we have massively restructured our chapter by removing members that do not meet the fraternity's standards on how gentlemen should carry themselves," Anderson said. "We also have become a completely dry (alcohol-free) fraternity, and we hope to increase our membership with true gentlemen that will make the community proud."