Cal Poly cuts ties with fraternity targeted in robbery
May 14, 2015
Cal Poly officials have cut ties with the fraternity targeted by members of the university’s football team who allegedly tried to hold up the frat house for drugs and cash. [Mustang News]
The university announced Wednesday that it is disaffiliating itself with Delta Sigma Phi. The fraternity cannot apply to regain recognition by Cal Poly until 2020, although it can appeal the university’s ruling.
Last August, police arrested five Cal Poly football players for robbing the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house on California Boulevard. A month later, officers arrested the fraternity’s former president, 22-year-old Gear McMillan, for selling drugs out of the house.
McMillan pleaded no contest in February to one count of possession of marijuana for sale.
A university investigation found that Delta Sigma Phi members had knowledge of drug sales taking place at the fraternity house between February and September of last year. Cal Poly released a statement saying the fraternity was not acting in accordance with university values.
Delta Sigma Phi’s national office released a statement saying the university conducted a flawed investigation and made a decision based on questionable information regarding the alleged misconduct of an individual. The fraternity says it will appeal Cal Poly’s ruling.
Pending the appeal, Delta Sigma Phi joins a list of five other Greek organizations that are currently barred by the university, according to the Cal Poly website. One fraternity on the list is Sigma Alpha Epsilon whose former member Carson Starkey died during a 2008 hazing event.
Earlier this year, Cal Poly announced it was disassociating with Pi Kappa Alpha for at least six years. A sexual assault allegedly occurred at the Pi Kappa Alpha house during a Halloween party last year.
The university recently reopened its investigation into the incident.
Another fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, is currently suspended and awaiting judicial hearing, according to the university website. The university is investigating a sexual assault alleged to have occurred at Alpha Gamma Rho’s house late last year.
Four of the five former football players arrested in the robbery attempt are awaiting court hearings. The fifth recently pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit grand theft and received three years of probation.