SDSU Lifts Interim Suspension on Three Fraternities
SAN DIEGO (Thursday, May 15, 2008) – San Diego State University has lifted the interim suspension from three campus fraternities, the university announced today.
After a review of case details, SDSU Vice President for Student Affairs James Kitchen lifted the interim suspension from the Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Alpha Mu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities. The suspension was lifted after an administrative review found that those arrested in connection to the controlled substances investigation were either inactive members of the fraternity and/or were not presently residents of chapter houses.
The three fraternities had been placed on interim suspension based on each having a single member arrested on felony charges. However, the university review found that there was not sufficient information to implicate the fraternity chapter as a whole.
Three other fraternity chapters, including Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi and Theta Chi, are still on interim suspension pending further investigation by SDSU.
Last Updated - May 08, 2008 4:55 p.m.
SDSU President Stephen L. Weber Statement: SDSU Police Investigation Update
Since our announcement Tuesday of a successful SDSU-initiated operation to identify and apprehend individuals engaged in illegal drug-related activities on and around our campus, there have been questions about the number of SDSU students arrested in this operation.
The number SDSU released - 33 - was based on students actually arrested as part of the special operation. The number the District Attorney's office released Tuesday - 75 - includes additional drug-related arrests by SDSU Police on and around the campus that have occurred since January 2008.
The difference between these numbers as it relates to the seriousness of these arrests or the importance we all place on holding those who traffic in illegal drugs accountable should be of little consequence. For us, one student is one too many.
As indicated in the full-page ad in today's Daily Aztec, our university leaders are committed to tackling this important issue - through enforcement and education - to ensure the safety of our students.
SDSU continues to work cooperatively with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the District Attorney's office, and we continue to view drug use on university campuses as a serious issue. SDSU wholeheartedly supports the operation we initiated in 2007, which is ongoing, and will continue to aggressively enforce drug laws on and around campus.
Last Updated - May 07, 2008 2:15 p.m.
SDSU President Stephen L. Weber Statement: SDSU Police Investigation Update
SDSU is continuing the investigation it began 12 months ago into illegal drug trafficking and sales. That investigation, led by the SDSU Police, culminated in yesterday's arrests. To date, 33 students have been arrested; each of those students has been suspended. We believe we have arrested the majority of those involved.
Last night, we announced that six fraternities – those with members who were arrested – have been placed on interim suspension pending a hearing into evidence gathered. The six fraternities include: Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Theta, Theta Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Alpha Mu.
The investigation and arrests have prompted extensive local and national media attention; some have asked what we think this publicity has done for SDSU's reputation. I have told them I am proud of the action taken by SDSU to proactively address this serious threat to our students. I believe San Diego State is a safer place as a result of this investigation; as a parent I would want my son or daughter to attend a university committed to working to provide the safest possible environment.
We will continue to honor the due-process rights of those students and student organizations involved – to which they are entitled by law. However, there is no place within our campus community for those who would engage in illegal activity – activity that endangers themselves and those around them.
I can tell you that the feedback I have received thus far from members of the campus community, our alumni, parents, and friends across the country strongly supports our actions. Following yesterday's news conference, I and others within the university began receiving many very positive comments in the forms of e-mails and phone calls. Others of you have sent us your questions and concerns – and I encourage you to continue to do so. We are responding to as many of these as possible.
For updated information on the investigation and arrests, and to provide a response or question, visit: http://www.sdsu.edu/information.
Last Updated - May 06, 2008 4:45 p.m.
Six SDSU Fraternities Placed On Suspension as a Result of Drug-Related Arrests
As a result of a San Diego State University Police investigation into drug trafficking/sales, six SDSU fraternities have been placed on interim suspension.
The six fraternities include: Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Theta, Theta Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Mu.
According to James Kitchen, SDSU's Vice President of Student Affairs, the fraternities have been suspended pending a hearing into evidence gathered. Several fraternity members were among the SDSU students arrested as part of the investigation – which included an extensive undercover operation in tandem with the Drug Enforcement Agency.
To provide updated information on the investigation and arrests, SDSU has established a special Web site for students, parents, faculty/staff and members of the public at http://www.sdsu.edu/information.
Last Updated - May 06, 2008 10:55 a.m.
SDSU President Stephen L. Weber Statement Regarding Drug Arrests
Today's arrests are the direct result of an SDSU-led investigation that began approximately one year ago. All of those arrested in this operation are suspected of selling drugs to our students. If guilty, they have ruined an untold number of lives.
I want to commend the excellent work done by the SDSU Police – who led this investigation. I also want to extend our gratitude to the Drug Enforcement Agency and District Attorney's Office for their outstanding cooperation and support. In addition to the enforcement work done by the SDSU Police, the university provides a variety of programs to educate its students about the dangers of drug use. Drug use is a concern on virtually every campus in our country; SDSU has taken this action to confront it directly.
San Diego State is dedicated to higher learning and to human growth and development. The use and/or trafficking in illegal substances are inconsistent with our values and with the pursuit of our mission. Certainly today's arrests underscore the scope of the challenges universities face as we fight this major societal problem. We are determined to remove people from our community who have placed our students at risk, and to see that they are turned over to the criminal justice system.
Each of the students arrested today has been suspended. They will not be returning to class or taking final exams until completion of due-process review, to which they are entitled under the law. Those who were living in university-managed housing have been evicted.
Today's arrests are a big step forward towards a safer environment for our students, faculty, staff and neighbors. SDSU will continue to do what is necessary – through both enforcement and education – to encourage our students to make the responsible choices to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.