SAE Fraternity placed on probation for ‘Cripmas’ party

Another day, another racist frat tale gone viral. Same fraternity, different scenario.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity chapter at Clemson University has been placed on probation for two years after the university found that a racially charged ‘Cripmas’ party thrown by the fraternity’s members violated the school’s conduct codes, according to a statement from the university.


The off-campus “Clemson Cripmas” party in December led to the indefinite suspension of the fraternity chapter by the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization. The party also prompted on-campus protests after photos circulated on social media, appearing to show attendees dressed as gang members.

A university investigation concluded that the gang-themed party violated the school’s alcohol rules and its code of conduct for student organizations. The probation will be effective until February 2017.

The fraternity will also have to complete a “comprehensive risk management program” by the end of April that will cover the topics of “alcohol, social justice, and gangs.”

The decision “of a few brothers” at Clemson to host the party was “inexcusable and completely inappropriate,” national SAE spokesman Brandon E. Weghorst said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. “Their behavior in no way reflects the values and creed of the fraternity, and we apologize to campus and local community for their actions.”

The national organization previously suspended the members “who were in leadership roles at the time of the event” along with approximately two dozen members of the fraternity there. The new leadership of the fraternity chapter “have been working with their alumni advisory board to re-establish the relationship between the chapter and the Clemson community.”

The probation decision in South Carolina came less than a month after SAE’s chapter at the University of Oklahoma was suspended, and later disbanded, after video emerged of some of its members participating in a racist chant. University of Oklahoma officials have said that they believe the frat members learned the chant at a national SAE leadership meeting.


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