WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) -- A sorority at the College of William and Mary has been suspended due to a violation of hazing policies.
The beta Beta Delta Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (SIA) was suspended on November 22.
According to a spokeswoman, the suspension comes after the conclusion of a university investigation. It will not be recognized as a student organization until at least the end of the spring 2018 semester.
A statement was released to the Fraternity and Sorority Community by William and Mary:
Dear William & Mary Fraternity/Sorority Community,
As of November 22nd, 2017, the Beta Delta Chapter of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (SIA) has been suspended as a recognized student organization until at least the end of the spring 2018 semester. This suspension is as a result of violations of the William & Mary Hazing Policy and comes at the conclusion of a university investigation and finding of responsibility by an administrative hearing board.
Hazing demeans and harms and has no place in our community. SIA engaged in hazing behaviors including, limiting or prohibiting contact with non-members, social isolation, and forced eating of food. The hazing behaviors resulted in a physical and mental toll on new members.
During the time of the suspension, SIA and its members will be denied the use of all College facilities and resources and will not in any way participate in or sponsor any extracurricular or social activity on campus. There are additional stipulations that must be met in order to return. The earliest this could happen would be fall semester 2018.
Unfortunately, this means the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) formed in April 2017 will cease operation as a council until the return of SIA or another chapter is able to join MGC. Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc. is still an active chapter at William & Mary and will continue to be supported by the fraternity/sorority advising team.
Should you see or wish to report hazing activity, you may submit a report here. Reports may be submitted anonymously. Chapters who may want to address potential hazing activity are strongly encouraged to reach out to the William & Mary Hazing Prevention Coalition for resources and assistance.
Assistant Director, Student Leadership Development
Coordinator for Fraternity/Sorority Life