Cal Poly puts two fraternities on probation

November 12, 2015

Cal Poly LargeCal Poly administrators have placed two fraternities on social probation for violating the university’s party registration rules.

University officials placed both Alpha Epsilon Pi and Phi Kappa Psi on social probation for the remainder of Fall 2015, according to the Cal Poly website. Social probation bars fraternities from hosting social events.

Last year, Cal Poly instituted a policy that requires fraternities and sororities to notify university officials in advance of parties they host. Fraternities and sororities must also submit guest lists.

The Mustang News reports both Alpha Epsilon Pi and Phi Kappa Psi allegedly held parties during this year’s WOW Week that were not registered with the university. Alpha Epsilon Pi has admitted to doing so.

Chapter President Jake Margulies told the Mustang News the unsanctioned event took place on Sept. 18 at the fraternity house on Hathaway Avenue.

Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity. Margulies said fraternity members were having a Shabbat dinner and invited some friends over to the house.

At 11:30 p.m., three men who did not attend Cal Poly and were not from San Luis Obispo tried to enter the house. They offered money and alcohol to the doormen.

After the doormen denied their request, the three men broke through the side fence, and fraternity members kicked them out.

University police officers then confronted the men who were holding open containers. The men told the officers they got the alcohol from fraternity members inside the house. That was not true, Margulies said.

Still, the police determined a party was taking place inside the house, and it contained alcohol.

Margulies said the social probation ruling is completely fair, and it is a wake up call to the fraternity.

Phi Kappa Psi leaders did not comment to the Mustang News.

The Cal Poly website lists one other fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho, as being on social probation. The university also has two open investigations into fraternities, one of which as well is Alpha Gamma Rho.

Additionally, the university has imposed sanctions on one fraternity and has placed several others on long-term suspensions.



  1. SLOBodan says:

    Obviously the administrator’s at Cal Poly could benefit by taking a course in Religious Studies!

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  2. 65buick says:

    I truly do not understand. They are such ‘community oriented’ folks. They have outstanding values and wish only to help.

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  3. achillesheal says:

    How about a counter suit for religious discrimination by the national charter? Government at work.

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  4. Pelican1 says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests – we did.
    But you can’t hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Jeffery Armstrong – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!

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    • obispan says:

      What is the worst fraternity on campus? That would be hard to say sir, they’re each outstanding in their own way. Cut the horseshit son I’ve got their disciplinary files right here. Who dumped a whole truckload of Fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween the trees are filled with underwear, every Spring the toilets explode. You’re talking about Delta sir. Of course I’m talking about Delta you twerp!

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      • kayaknut says:

        Sounds like it is time to put them on Double Secret Probation.

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        • achillesheal says:

          There was also a Jewish house in animal house, although it was unnamed: After the Omega’s planted the fake test and they all flunk, Hoover says “We’re in trouble. I just checked with the guys at the Jewish house and they said that every one of our answers on the Psych test was wrong.”

          I wonder if they were allowed to have a Shabbat dinner with friends and not register it as a party.

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