UNM revokes fraternity charter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Bernalillo District Court spokeswoman says former SAE member Michael McGuffin was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to four counts of providing alcohol to a minor. The rest of the remaining 29 charges against him, including criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact with a minor, sexual exploitation of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, were dismissed. Also, McGuffin’s sentence comes with conditional discharge, meaning the case will not on his record if he completes probation successfully.

Members and advisers of the UNM Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter have not returned calls and emails seeking comment.


The University of New Mexico said Friday that it has revoked the Sigma Alpha Epsilon charter over several violations of the student code of conduct.

SAE, a fraternity founded in 1856 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., had been suspended since April, when a rape was alleged to have occurred at the fraternity house, at 1811 Mesa Vista NE.

However, a spokeswoman said the revocation was made because of numerous violations of the student code of conduct at the fraternity house during a party there on April 1. That included the alleged sexual assault and alcohol consumption by minors, according to a news release.


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A UNM investigation found that two underage women had been offered drinks by members of the fraternity at the party.

The revocation means SAE has lost all rights and privileges and is no longer a chartered student organization on campus. The fraternity will not be able to reapply for charter until Aug. 2017, UNM said.

UNM suspended SAE in 2007 after a member of the fraternity, Michael McGuffin, was accused of raping a 15-year-old girl.

More details to come.


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