This past week LSU Greek Life has once again made national news.
Since nine members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity were arrested Thursday, many questions have gone unanswered.
So how does LSU determine the severity of punishment to discipline these organizations?
Media Relations Director Ernie Ballard gave a statement saying “The outcomes and requirements vary from case to case, but general information on the process followed is in the student code.”
The Student Code of Conduct defines hazing and outlines the acts which regardless of the severity constitute hazing. However, LSU does not have a guideline that they follow when disciplining Greek Organizations.
Because of this, punishments have varied widely based on the severity of the acts of these Greek organizations.
Seven fraternities have committed serious acts in the past seven years causing different consequences such as purging of members, suspension and removal from campus.
In each of these situations, LSU and the national organizations have worked together to determine the disciplinary actions necessary based on the offenses.
During an exclusive interview with Tiger TV, Michael Peters, a Chairman for Delta Kappa Epsilon International, explained the reasoning behind closing the chapter at LSU.
"The local alumni house corporation board during the investigation decided to close the chapter, and at its next scheduled board meeting the DKE Board revoked the chapter's charter. While not a frequent action, it is not unusual for the Board to do so," Peters said.
While facing turmoil, DKE still hopes to continue their legacy at LSU in the future.
"A future petition to re-charter the chapter would require the same process and due diligence of a colony, including a probationary period prior to recharter, and would only be undertaken through a partnership with LSU and our alumni to ensure strong alignment among the partners," Peters added.
President F King Alexander maintains that LSU is looking to make important cultural changes and remains committed to weeding out dangerous behavior in all student organizations.