Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority suspended for alleged hazing
The sorority chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma has been suspended at Central Michigan University.
Damon Brown, director of Student Activities and Involvement said CMU received notice of the suspension from the sorority's national chapter Feb. 7. This means the sorority's registered student organization status at CMU was also revoked, Brown said.
Brown said an investigation by the sorority's national office is currently taking place for alleged hazing.
"We will wait until the investigation is complete to see what the next steps are to be taken by the university," he said.
The news of the suspension was posted on the Greek Life CMU webpage, after the sorority was added to the list of unrecognized organizations. It states the sorority was “suspended indefinitely by the Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. due to alleged hazing.”
@CMUGreeks posted a tweet Feb. 15 with the link, writing “Effective Immediately.”
Shannon McNaul, executive director of the Sigma Lambda Gamma national headquarters office issued a statement Feb. 27, where she noted "risk management is everyone's responsibility."
"Should National Headquarters receive any information regarding the possibility of a violation of our educational process, policies or procedures, Headquarters will launch an investigation into the matter," the release stated. "During an investigation of an entity, the entity is temporarily suspended until the conclusion of the investigation and outcomes are announced. All entities are presumed innocent until found guilty. Suspension is a procedural course of action to ensure a proper investigation occur, suspension in no way indicates guilt."
McNaul said she does not have a date for when the investigation will be completed. After the national chapter is finished investigating, she said it will share its conclusions with CMU, where the university will have the authority to decide what to do next.
"It is each sister’s responsibility to keep themselves, their sisters, their chapter/colony, their campus and the national organization safe from risk and harm," the release stated. "At the national level, it is our commitment to provide each entity with education, leadership, knowledge and oversight."