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Sigma Alpha Epsilon will be sanctioned by the Interfraternity Council on the Hill for violating the organization’s rules and for not following the University of Colorado Boulder’s student code of conduct or local coronavirus public health orders.

The sanctions include fines, not being allowed to add new members in the spring, limiting recruitment to 20 members in fall 2021 and reduction in membership status.

Additional sanctions by the fraternity’s national organization may be included in IFC sanctions, according to a Judicial Board ruling released Saturday.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon leaders are also taking measures to hold their members accountable for violating IFC and public health orders, the chapter’s executive board wrote in a letter to IFC leaders.

All fraternities associated with IFC on the Hill have been under a social moratorium since mid-March, which was reiterated to chapters multiple times, according to IFC documents.

But Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been in hot water with IFC since the semester began, hosting a gathering on Aug. 26 that drew more than 100 attendees.

On Aug. 30, IFC President Adam Wenzlaff issued fines to five chapters, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon, for violating public health orders.

“You have failed your chapters and you have failed our community,” Wenzlaff wrote. “WE MUST DO BETTER.”

Sigma Alpha Epsilon members hosted another party on Oct. 10 that drew 150 attendees, and the Boulder Police Department cited three fraternity members for violating public health orders. On Oct. 14, IFC issued a cease and desist order for Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

The chapter’s executive board wrote an apology to IFC on Oct. 15, noting that members living in the house were aware they were not allowed to have any kind of social event but did so anyway.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon leaders have issued summons for all of the residents of the house.

“In addition to community service hours, the likely outcome of the Judicial Board process is that all ten residents will be suspended through at least the end of December,” the executive board wrote.

The chapter also will strengthen the position of health and safety officer and educate members about COVID-19 and safety guidelines.

“We recognize that yet another failure was not making these guidelines and requirements clear,” the letter stated.

Individual members are also facing consequences from CU Boulder, according to the letter, the chapter is facing consequences from its national organization and potentially Boulder County Public Health.

“The Colorado Chi Chapter and the executive board will not rest until we are the leaders that the Interfraternity Council on the Hill can be proud of,” the letter stated, referring to the Boulder chapter’s name.

In a statement, a spokesperson for national Sigma Alpha Epsilon said the organization is aware of an event “that may have violated local social distancing guidelines.”

“Our staff and volunteers will continue working with our University of Colorado Boulder chapter to reinforce and promote safe social distancing practices as advised by the campus and local community,” spokesman Johnny Sao wrote. “Sigma Alpha Epsilon is committed to the safety and well-being of our members and those with whom they interact.”

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