Brother of suspended fraternity speaks out

NBC Charlotte's Mark Boyle spoke exclusively with one of the fraternity brothers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon are facing allegations they hazed incoming members during "Hell Week."

NBC Charlotte broke the story about the hazing allegations at UNC Charlotte Wednesday night.

On Thursday, we uncovered the allegations of what happened inside Sig Ep's house. The fraternity was kicked off campus amid an investigation to hazing of at least nine pledges.

On Friday, we spoke with one of the brother of the fraternity who was there for it all. For his protection, we are not identifying this UNC Charlotte Sig Ep member.

“It's not like we were trying to kill them anything like that,” said the fraternity member.

According to a report obtained by NBC Charlotte, the members made the pledges eat sticks of butter, down 40-ounce bottles of booze and physical activities like wall sits and push-ups during the so-called 'Hell Week'.

This brother says no one forced anyone to do anything.

“I'm not here to defend everything that went down,” He said. “However, we do believe that it wasn't like we were shoving it down their throats anything like that. If they wanted to stop they could.”

We asked who tipped off authorities. The young man speculates that a few former members with an axe to grind sounded the alarm.

SigEp national headquarters sent us a statement and stands behind UNC Charlotte's suspension decision:

Following a review of the North Carolina Nu Chapter’s membership in 2011, SigEp Fraternity staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to support the chapter leadership and create clear expectations for safe and healthy operation.

All SigEp chapters and members are expected to meet the basic expectations of the law and their host institution’s student code of conduct. When a chapter fails to meet minimum expectations and is unwilling to work with Fraternity and university partners to align the chapter with the Fraternity’s values, we have no other option but to withdraw the chapter’s charter.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte administration recently conducted an investigation of violations of university policies by the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter. The Fraternity staff and volunteers cooperated fully with university administrators and support their decision to suspend the chapter. Based on the findings of that investigation, the National Board of Directors will vote to withdraw the charter and close the chapter.

“Nationals, to the whole process they didn't help us in that sense,” the fraternity brother said. “We kind of felt like we were thrown to the wolves by them.”

SigEp is now on suspension at UNC Charlotte for the next four years.

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