BERKELEY (KCBS)— The national fraternity at the center of the Oklahoma University racist chant video has several large chapters in and around the Bay Area that have been investigated and disciplined for bad behavior in recent years.

On Tuesday the University expelled two students alleged to have a leadership role in the fraternity’s video.

Locally, Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s troubles have struck at Stanford and UC Berkeley. Just last month at Stanford, a decision was upheld to ban SAE from keeping a house on campus for 2 years after an investigation found sorority members were sexually harassed at a gathering last year.

At UC Berkeley a four-year ban on SAE’s recognition is in effect through at least this year for alcohol and fire safety violations at their chapter house on Bancroft Way.

And at UC Davis, they don’t even exist. UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said Sigma Alpha Epsilon had their recognition as a registered student organization revoked there for five years in 2012 for repeated alcohol violation, including serving minors.

Fell said the national organization also closed down the Davis chapter.

Stanford and UC Berkeley did not return calls regarding their SAE chapters.

Fell adds that about 10 percent of Davis’ student body belongs to fraternities and sororities that are active in a great amount of community service and charity work.

“I wouldn’t like the actions of a few to tarnish the good work that’s done by very many fine young people.”

Comments (2)
  1. Andy Fel, I was in the Women’s Studies class in 1984-85 that helped close down the SAE fraternity organization after numerous women came forward disclosing that they had been raped at SAE parties at the SAE house. It may be true that a few bad examples should not ruin all the good work fraternities do, but the SAE member conduct is irreparable. I am surprised to learn they were able to reopen only to be closed again in 2012. That is one fraternity I am glad to see closed. And in general a close eye should be kept on all fraternities at UC Davis.