Catherine Couretas, Editor in Chief

The Zeta Nu chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority has been suspended through August 20, 2012 after violating three sections of the Student Code of Conduct, according to a May 18 Miami University press release.

The release said members of the sorority held an event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati March 26, where their behavior reportedly included intoxication, public urination, disrespect toward staff and damage to property.

Alpha Xi Delta pleaded responsible to section 105B, prohibited use of alcohol, and section 113, disorderly conduct. They pleaded not responsible to section 104, damage, theft or unauthorized use of property, but were found responsible.

The sorority had appealed the decision on May 7 but decided to rescind the appeal May 17.

Susan Vaughn, director of ethics and student conflict resolution, said her office received a complaint from the Freedom Center within a couple of days of Alpha Xi Delta’s event.

When the sorority returns to campus in 2012, Vaughn said a review of members would be conducted.

“Part of their sanction is that they must do a membership review,” Vaughn said. “Their nationals will determine which women they want to remain as members.”

According to a letter sent to members and parents of Alpha Xi Delta from April Robles, new members of the sorority will not be able to live in their sorority corridor as planned and instead will be relocated to other residence halls on campus.

The letter said these members may still indicate preference of location and roommate.

This is the second sorority to be sanctioned this month. Pi Beta Phi was suspended for one year after inappropriate behavior was reported at an event held at Lake Lyndsay Lodge in Hamilton.

Aside from the review, Vaughn said the group does not have to present anything to the university upon their return.

The Freedom Center, Alpha Xi Delta national headquarters, the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life & Leadership and Alpha Xi Delta’s chapter president could not be reached for comment.

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