ORONO — The University of Maine has suspended the Sigma Nu fraternity for five years for underage drinking and other alleged violations.

Vice President for Student Affairs Robert Dana said the most recent violation of the student conduct code occurred on March 18. The school newspaper reported that two females, aged 17 and 18, who were not students at UMaine, were taken by ambulance from the frat house to the hospital for treatment of severe intoxication.

“These violations of UMaine’s student conduct code are unacceptable and against our principles, and cannot be tolerated,” Dana said, according to the Bangor Daily News. “We have high expectations for our students and our student organizations and, in this case, those expectations have not been met.”

Dana told the Daily News that the chapter lost its school recognition from May 2003 to September 2005 for similar violations.

They’ve had other controversial incidents more recently. In March 2010, a Glenburn teen was charged with criminal mischief and possession of alcohol by a minor through consumption after he got into a fight with a member of Sigma Nu.

UMaine’s chapter of Sigmu Nu has 28 active members, including 16 who live in the fraternity house. Dana says those students have been offered on-campus housing.

The chapter has a week to appeal the decision.

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