Greek Life barred from recruiting during fall semester

Organizations must implement 14 recommendations before taken off probation

Mike Baggerman
August 21, 2019 - 7:00 pm

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WBEN) - Despite having their suspensions lifted by the University at Buffalo on Wednesday, Greek Life groups will not be allowed to recruit any incoming freshmen during their first semester.

The latest controversy of Greek Life at the University at Buffalo came after the April 17 death of Sebastian Serafin-Bazan. Bazan, 18, died after an alleged hazing incident at a Sigma Pi fraternity house in Buffalo's University District. He was allegedly made to do strenuous exercises and went into cardiac arrest in the front lawn of the house on April 12. Following his death, the university immediately suspended all Greek Life activities.

Sororities and fraternities cannot recruit because they are under a school-ordered probation until they adequately implement the various recommendations.

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"It would not be surprising to me if different organizations would come off probation at different times as they become responsive to meeting the expectations of that policy," UB's Vice President of Student Life, Scott Weber, told reporters on campus.

Sigma Pi's suspension was not lifted.

Weber said it's the university's responsibility to provide the best education and to make sure the environment is safe for students.

"We do not believe that until we implemented these recommendations we were fulfilling that promise," Weber said.

The University at Buffalo has 35 Greek Life organizations with a membership of 1,000 students. Sigma Pi is a recognized fraternity at the college.

Among the most notable recommendations is to have a publicly available "scorecard" that anyone can view. The scorecard will track fraternities on factors like GPA, community service activities and chapter achievements. However, the scorecard will also track statistics like alcohol and hazing violations and the chapter's history of disciplinary measures. Weber said the data will be updated yearly.

Buffalo Police have no announced any arrests in connection to Bazan's death. A spokesperson for the Erie County District Attorney's Office said that Bazan's death remains under investigation.

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