After Members Allegedly Assaulted Another Student, SMU Suspends Frat for Two Years

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Police say that a February prank by members of the SMU chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon crossed the line from run-of-the-mill college-kid stupid to illegal, criminally stupid when they held a rival frat member against his will for more than four hours, punching and kicking him and, according to the victim's attorney, spraying a cleaning agent, Formula 409, onto his wounds.

Four Sig Eps -- 18-year-olds Jared Agnew and Julian Ryles and 19-year-olds Benjamin Bechtel and Tanner Koch -- are facing criminal charges stemming from the attack. The other shoe dropped yesterday afternoon when SMU booted the organization from campus for two years.

In a prepared statement, university spokesman Kent Best told the Morning News the decision was made "because of violations of the SMU Student Code of Conduct and University policies, as well as the standards and values of the fraternity itself."

"SMU expects its students to uphold high standards of personal and academic integrity," he said. "The University believes it is important to take this action and expects the young men of the fraternity to learn from this experience."

One thing they seemed to have learned is to not broadcast ill-considered comments about a high-profile assault case on social media. A quick scan of Twitter and Facebook turns up only a couple of vague images some members posted to Facebook late last night:

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And:

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We have emails out to chapter President Billy Hightower and communications chief John Morrow. We'll update if we hear back.

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CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Nice picture placement - put the two token black guys in the front.

Americano
Americano

I was a Sig Ep at UNT in the 80's.  We were pretty wild, but I was never asked to do anything like that, nor did I ask anyone to do that.  I would have left or whipped someone's ass or had my own ass whipped before I blew a guy just to join a frat.  I don't get any part of this.  Gay guys do that, and good for them, but straight guys don't ask for it or do it, for even a second.  What do I know, I'm straight and white, today's Great Satan in America.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Go ahead and ban 'em all, while you're at it. What an outdated social construct the Greek system is.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

So why didn't the precocious young man just shut up and take his lumps instead of involving   Law Enforcement .. .... Its not like the other guys called the police on him for defacing their door .......His actions spoiled the fun for everyone.....

NewsDog
NewsDog

Over!?... did you say it's over!?.. was it over when  the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I'm disappointed in my brothers. I was a Sig Ep at Texas Upsilon (the SMU chapter) in the 80s. The days when X was legal and drinking age was 19. We were too busy having fun to beat up Lambda Chis. As a matter of fact, IIRC, there was one Lambda Chi that I was especially nice to, on a regular basis. Ahh, the good ole days.

James080
James080

I suppose double secret probation is off the table?

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

Shit, I just saved up the money so they can be my friends.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

six years of college down the drain.

cawnlu
cawnlu

I was a Sig Ep in the 90s in Louisiana, and I'm also disappointed in these guys. All the Sig Ep history at SMU is now gone forever, because I'm quite sure the national organization will end that chapted. The same thing happened to my chapter after I left (though for very different and less serious reasons). No excuse for it.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@ChrisYu 

Tommy Boy: "You know, a lot of people go to college for seven years"

Richard: "I know, they're called doctors"


SMUSigEp
SMUSigEp

@cawnlu I under all of your concerns for us current SigEp's. We are putting together a plan of action, as individuals to help us become better men and adhere to both the Balance Man ethics as well as the schools rules

cawnlu
cawnlu

Good luck to all of you. Balanced Man was relatively new when I started, and honestly, it really wasn't even addressed. I wish you luck.

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