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Sac State’s Delta Chi chapter removed for three years following investigation

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Margherita Beale and Cory Jaynes

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Sacramento State announced Saturday that it has removed recognition from the university’s Delta Chi fraternity for three years following an investigation prompted by anonymous hazing allegations.

The decision came from Student Organizations & Leadership, which oversees all campus student groups, including Greek life.

According to SO&L’s handbook, if a student organization disagrees with a determination made by SO&L, they may seek reconsideration within five days of the decision. Delta Chi’s deadline to appeal is March 20.

“Written notification of the outcome of the student organization’s request for reconsideration will be provided to the student organization within 30 days of receipt of the request for reconsideration, unless impracticable. This decision is final,” the handbook says.

At the time of publication, Sac State’s Delta Chi chapter had not responded to requests for comment.

The anonymous sender’s first email was sent to Sac State administrators and The State Hornet  Jan. 28 and included a picture of what was described as a “Delta Chi members participating in a simulation of what appears to be ‘the elephant walk,’ a form of known hazing in fraternities.”

RELATED: Investigation into Sac State fraternity continues

The “elephant walk” is a hazing ritual where potential members of a fraternity stand in a line and are made to grab the genitals of the person behind them.

Baron Nguyen, a former Sac State student and Delta Chi member, identified himself as one of the individuals in the photo. According to Nguyen, the photo was taken during a 2015 event in the Academic Information Resource Center where fraternity members showed pledges examples of hazing in what was meant to be an “educational” moment.

RELATED: Former fraternity member denies anonymous hazing allegations against chapter

The State Hornet received a second anonymous email on Feb. 8. Included in the email was a video of an alleged Delta Chi member gagged and tied to a table, alleged by the sender to have been “kidnapped” as part of a hazing ritual.

Delta Chi received a notice from SO&L that same day to cease and desist all campus activities after campus administration became aware of the video via The State Hornet, according to Lesen.

Delta Chi’s international headquarters issued a statement to The State Hornet on the investigation Feb. 21.

“Hazing has no place in Delta Chi and is in direct violation of our values as a fraternity and our basic expectations,” Delta Chi’s statement said. “We take these allegations seriously and will continue to investigate the matter to reach a positive and proper outcome.”

RELATED: Sac State orders Delta Chi fraternity to ‘cease and desist all activity’

The allegations of hazing against Delta Chi received international attention with stories published by The New York Post, the New York Daily News, The Sacramento Bee and The Daily Mail.

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