On February 20, 2015, an underage student at Purdue University was found intoxicated and the blame was immediately put on Kappa Sigma. The chapter told the university that they did not hold an event that night — they hadn’t even registered for one despite a perfect record of always registering their previous ones.
That wasn’t enough for the university, though, as they set in motion an investigation into the Kappa Sigma chapter regarding the incident. The school then found that they were in violation and put the chapter on probation until May of 2017. A heavy sanction for such a small infraction.
The fraternity is now going on the offensive by suing the university, claiming that they were not given any chance to defend themselves.
From the Indy Star:
The university didn’t allow the campus fraternity to fully defend itself against claims that an underage student was served alcohol at its chapter house last winter, according to a complaint Kappa Sigma and its house corporation filed last Friday in Tippecanoe Circuit Court.
Kappa Sigma requested the names of members who were allegedly involved and the name of the witnesses making or supporting the accusations, according to the complaint. The university allegedly denied those requests.
All of this led to an October hearing with IFC, where, once again, Kappa Sigma was dicked over when they were unable to examine witnesses. The sanction came down after the hearing and Kappa Sigma appealed. During the appeals process, they requested documents regarding the incident, and the university responded by giving them a heavily redacted report that did not include the names of the underage student or any witnesses.
What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Are all fraternities exempt from the basis of our justice system? The burden of proof is on the claimant. If you don’t allow the defendant to show evidence that they didn’t do what they are accused of doing, then you are limiting our basic rights as Americans.
Good on you, Purdue Kappa Sigma, for taking a stand..
[via Indy Star]