Student Organization Conduct Status Report

Student Organizations on Formal Disciplinary Status

Northwestern University expects its student organizations to "exemplify Northwestern's community principles and values" and "engage in socially responsible behavior." The Student Code of Conduct also outlines the prohibited conduct for students, groups of students, and student organizations. Violations of these rules can subject a group or organization to sanctions.

Below is a list of student organizations and/or University-sponsored groups that, as a result of violating University rules and regulations or accepting responsibility for organizational misconduct, have been placed on a formal disciplinary status. (Individual students' records are protected by federal law and University policy.)

Please keep in mind: Only organizations that are subject to the sanctions outlined below are included on this list, and groups and organizations listed here may have been assigned other sanctions or requirements in addition to those outlined below. Additionally, groups are not added to this list until conduct matters become final; therefore, groups with pending conduct matters are not listed here. In the event a group has engaged in multiple incidents, only the most current sanctions are included on this list. The list itself will be updated at the end of each quarter or as otherwise necessary.

Group Dissolution

Termination of the group or organization recognition by the University. This action is a total separation of the group from the University. This includes total restriction on the organization and its members or supporters conducting any activity on the campuses of the University or at off-campus University-associated events that in any way promote the goals, purposes, identity, programs, membership, or activities of the organization. Once dissolved, a group or organization may only reapply for recognition once all current members have left the University community.

Group Suspension

This action is a total separation of the group from the University for a specified period of time. This includes total restriction on the organization and its members or supporters conducting any activity on the campuses of the University or at off-campus University-associated events that in any way promote the goals, purposes, identity, programs, membership, or activities of the organization. Group Suspension is typically assigned for a minimum of the remainder of the academic year. Once the suspension period is over, if the group has met all other terms of their sanction, they will be allowed to resume activity as a recognized group.

  • Definition Prior to 2014-2015 Academic Year: A status in which a student organization is deprived of affiliating with or being recognized by the University for a period of time. Suspension may also include the impositions of conditions before recognition would be allowed. Members of organizations that are suspended may not meet as an organization, recruit or induct new members, sponsor activities or events, recolonize or reform as a different group, or join en masse another organization.

Deferred Suspension (prior to 2014-2015 Academic year)

A status in which a student organization is given a specific period of time to demonstrate the ability to abide by community standards and expectations or face an immediate suspension of a designated period of time. Suspensions may also be deferred pending adherence to or completion of specific additional conditions or requirements. If a student organization on deferred suspension is found in violation of any act of misconduct (or otherwise fails to comply with specified conditions or requirements), the originally defined suspension takes effect immediately without further review. Additional student conduct sanctions appropriate to any new act of misconduct may also be taken.

Group Probation

A status imposed on a student group or organization for a specific period of time to alert the group that their choices and behavior are significantly inconsistent with University policy and expectations. During this time, the group is asked to take active steps toward improving the actions of their group and to demonstrate that they can abide by University Policy. Any policy violations while a group is on Disciplinary Probation will result in strong consideration of Group Suspension or Group Dissolution. Group Probation will be assigned for a minimum of three months and typically not more than two years. Probation will frequently be accompanied by a Loss or Restriction of Privileges or Activities sanction.

  • Definition prior to 2014-2015 Academic Year: A status, imposed for a specific period of time, to allow a student organization and its members to reflect upon their choices and behavior and to demonstrate the ability to abide by community standards and expectations. Any violations committed during the period of probation may result in more serious sanctions, including suspension for a minimum of one academic quarter.

Social Probation/Restriction (prior to 2014-2015 Academic year)

A status, imposed for a specific period of time, in which student organizations are barred from or limited in engaging in, participating in, hosting, or sponsoring social events (formal or informal) or other non-academic activities. The purpose of social probation is to allow student organizations and their members to reflect on creating and sustaining socially responsible environments and behaviors and to demonstrate the ability to abide by community standards and expectations. The precise parameters of social probation may vary depending on the circumstances and will be specified in writing to the organization (but not specified on this page).

Group Conduct Review

A status which indicates that a group's behavior is a significant violation of University policy either because the group has had one significant incident or because the group is beginning to show a pattern of concerning behavior. Conduct Review is imposed for a specific period of time to encourage groups to reflect upon their choices and behavior and to demonstrate the ability to abide by University policies and expectations. During this time, a group's behavior will be observed any policy violations committed during this period will likely result in a heightened level of response and a more significant sanction such as group probation, suspension, or dissolution. Conduct Review will be assigned for a minimum of three months and typically a maximum of a year.

Organization Sanction(s)/Restriction(s) Effective Date End Date
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity

Conduct Review

April 2016

March 2018

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc

Suspension

May 2016

Fall 2019

Alpha Kappa Psi Co-ed Fraternity

Conduct Review

November 2017

November 2018

Arts Alliance

Conduct Review 

November 2017

April 2018

Beta Theta Pi Fraternity

Disciplinary Probation
Alcohol Restriction

November 2016
November 2016

March 2018
Through Fall 2017

Delta Delta Delta Fraternity

Conduct Review

March 2017

December 2017

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity

Conduct Review
Alcohol Restriction

April 2017
April 2017

Through Spring 2018
Through Fall 2017

Korean American Student Association

Conduct Review

October 2017

Through October 2018

Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Disciplinary Probation
Alcohol Restriction
Social Restriction

December 2016
June 2017
June 2017

Through Spring 2018
Through Spring 2018
Through Winter 2018

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity

Conduct Review

May 2017

Through Fall 2017

Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity

Disciplinary Probation
Alcohol Restriction

February 2017
February 2017
Through February 2018
Through Fall 2017
Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity Conduct Review March 2017 Through Fall 2017
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Suspension June 2017 September 2018
South Asian Student alliance

Conduct Review
Social Restriction

May 2017
May 2017
Through May 2018
Through Fall 2017
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity Disciplinary Probation
November 2016 Through Spring 2018

Please Additionally Note

Old Sig Ep or Off-Campus Sig Ep

In December 2012, former members of Sigma Phi Epsilon were removed by their National Organization due to longstanding alcohol and hazing issues. However, former members of this organization have continued to operate and recruit new members under the name “Old Sig Ep or Off-Campus Sig Ep.” This group is not recognized by NU or the National Organization and does not have an on-campus facility. We strongly discourage students from any future consideration of “Old Sig Ep" or "Off-Campus Sig Ep.”