ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Underage drinking and a reported sexual assault have cost the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity its charter, the University of New Mexico announced Friday.
The office of the dean of students revoked the charter for violations of the UNM Student Code of Conduct, according to the announcement.
SAE already had been under an emergency suspension after an April 1 party where two underage women drank alcohol provided by chapter members and the alleged rape occurred.
UNM police continue to investigate the assault and are waiting for results from the State Crime Lab.
The party occurred while the frat was on suspension and violated campus rules against alcohol at fraternities.
The university also cited a history of conduct violations by the fraternity.
"The University has placed the fraternity on probation and suspension for a number of infractions over the past five years including drinking, hazing, damaged property, non registered events and allegations of members having sexual relations with underage females," the UNM statement read.
"We feel like we have worked with this group over and over again to try to adjust their behaviors and change the culture, and it wasn't working," says Debbie Morris, director of the Student Activity Center at UNM.
The revocation remains in effect until at least Aug. 1, 2017, when SAE can apply for reinstatement.
UNM also hopes keeping the frat off campus for the next four years will bring in new members and have them turn over a new leaf.
"As soon as they leave we'll work with their national headquarters to talk about the plan for what that would look like and we would like to have this group back," adds Morris.
News 13 contacted the regional director of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, but calls were not returned. Members from the UNM chapter also refused to comment.
SAE also has until June 5 to appeal the revocation to the dean of students.
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