Oregon State University has suspended a fraternity for the first time in more than 10 years.

Kappa Sigma, whose history on campus dates to 1905, began serving a two-year suspension Jan. 1, said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing.

Kappa Sigma appealed the suspension, but its appeal was denied.

Clark declined to state the reason for the suspension, noting that the violations involved “repeat activities outside of the boundaries of the code of student conduct at Oregon State University.”

Clark did say the violations are “quite unrelated” to the issues that are part of the discussion in the Collaboration Corvallis project.

The project is a joint venture between the city and the university to examine and resolve neighborhood livability issues stemming from OSU enrollment growth.

The collaboration’s workgroups have heard from dozens of residents who have raised concerns about student behavior in the neighborhoods.

Kappa Sigma president Billy Anderson told the Gazette-Times that to his knowledge the suspension stemmed from an incident that occurred at the fraternity on St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2012.

Police reports reviewed by the Gazette Times show that the police investigated a third-degree assault case at Kappa Sigma on March 18, 2012, but no information was available at presstime regarding the outcome of the case.

Corvallis police records also show that officers made 20 calls on the fraternity in 2012 but that just nine of the incidents were serious enough to require a report.

Included was a third-degree assault case June 8, a fight Oct. 13 and three visits in which officers gave out “special response notices,” for quality of life violations, on June 30, Sept. 20 and Oct. 6.

Police Chief Jon Sassaman said that 20 calls to one Greek house is “more than we hope to have happen” but added that the nine cases requiring a report qualified Kappa Sigma for “about average” in that area.

Clark said the Kappa Sigma suspension is “a rare occurrence” and that one involving the Greek system has not been taken at OSU in the past 10 or 12 years.

“It’s an extensive process,” said Clark of the student conduct investigation. “Matters of concern were raised and investigated. There was a formal review, facts were gathered and due diligence was done. The process is almost a judicial review.”

“The university did what they need to,” said Anderson, who added that in his view the fraternity has made major changes to address the problems.

“Over the last few months we have massively restructured our chapter by removing members that do not meet the fraternity’ standards on how gentlemen should carry themselves.

“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.”

Clark said that Kappa Sigma can apply for reinstatement at the end of 2014. In the meantime the house can 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.

“We fully intend to show the university the changes that we have already made in hopes that we may be reinstated prior to the suspension end date,” Anderson said.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-758-9542. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

(8) comments

corvus
corvus

Great, now the drunk bums that they "reorganized" out of the frat will probably move into a rental on my block...

cliff's dad

Listen bub its our world too.
If we want to be drunken gentlemen it would behoove you to respect our liberty. Then we just might respect your lawn and/or mailbox.

Harry Mallory
Harry Mallory

...and your store-fronts and your street signs and your parked cars...

YaRight
YaRight

...and your flowers and flower pots, and your jack-o-lanterns, and your children walking by attempting to mind their own business, and spread broken glass all over the place so that your bike tires and pet's paws get punctured, and then laugh at your vanity of daring to complain about our enjoying our god given right to an extended-adolescence.

Mrs Purkey

I HATED living one block from frat row!! Rude, drunken morons running around acting like idiots at all hours was the tip of the iceberg! Bumper stickers scraped off my car, flower pots turned upside down in the street, a bicycle on top of a car, and human feces on the side of the house WITH the shirt used as toilet paper next to it. Super rad.

TaxMaverick

Sounds like you're blaming them for your lack of foresight: choosing a place one block from frat row.

TaxMaverick

Doug Neidermeyer: And most recently of all, a "Roman Toga Party" was held from which we have received more than two dozen reports of individual acts of perversion SO profound and disgusting that decorum prohibits listing them here.

kcswimmin

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life. HaHAAA!!!

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