NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers chapter of Sigma Chi has been issued a “cease and desist” for all parties and other social events while the university investigates allegations that the group broke school rules, officials said today.
Sigma Chi, based on Hardenberg Street, will not be permitted to hold any events while under the order, Rutgers officials said.
“The Office of Student Conduct is investigating Sigma Chi for potential violations of University policy. The University has issued a Cease and Desist Order while the investigation is taking place. An organization cannot hold events while under a Cease and Desist Order,” reads an official statement.
These include philanthropic events, such as the group’s annual Derby Days, a fundraiser which collected $300,000 for the Children's Miracle Network Last Year.
Neil Buccino, a spokesperson for the university, did not have immediate details on what would have prompted the university to issue the order.
Last year, Sigma Chi was listed on university documents as one of several organizations that faced disciplinary actions. The chapter was put on restrictive probation for “Social Policy Violations, Adherence to Other University Policies and Theft/Damage to Property.”
In 2015, the university banned all fraternity and sorority parties for the duration of the spring semester as a result of several alcohol-related incidents on campus, including the death of 19-year-old Caitlyn Kovacs at a Delta Kappa Epsilon party.
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