CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misattributed a quote from Aaron Bachenheimer to Kenan Lee Drum. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
All chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, including UNC’s, must eliminate the pledging process in accordance with a mandate the national organization gave to chapters during Spring Break.
Aaron Bachenheimer, director of UNC’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement, said the change addresses several tragic incidents at houses and parties in recent years. An investigation by Bloomberg News found nine deaths related to SAE events in the United States since 2006, more than any other Greek organization in the study.
The fraternity’s Evanston, Ill.-based Supreme Council announced this month that after a student receives a bid from any of its chapters, the student must gain full member status within 96 hours.
Chapters will need to cancel their existing processes, in which pledges may take weeks to become full members, instead requiring new members only to complete an online safety training module and register on SAE’s web site before initiation, at which point all members are to have equal rights within the organization.