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Update on San Diego State lifted suspensions: Press Release from SDSU

SDSU Lifts Interim Suspension on Three Fraternities

SAN DIEGO (Thursday, May 15, 2008) – San Diego State University has lifted
the interim suspension from three campus fraternities, the university
announced today.

After a review of case details, SDSU Vice President for Student Affairs
James Kitchen lifted the interim suspension from the Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma
Alpha Mu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities. The suspension was lifted
after an administrative review found that those arrested in connection to
the controlled substances investigation were either inactive members of the
fraternity and/or were not presently residents of chapter houses.

The three fraternities had been placed on interim suspension based on each
having a single member arrested on felony charges. However, the university
review found that there was not sufficient information to implicate the
fraternity chapter as a whole.

Three other fraternity chapters, including Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi and Theta Chi, are still on interim suspension pending further
investigation by SDSU administration.

For more information on the controlled substances investigation at SDSU,
please visit <>

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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