Dartmouth College Tries to Block Fraternity’s Bid to Keep Status
Hanover — Dartmouth College has presented new evidence in an effort to block a fraternity’s bid to retain its residential status.
The fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, lost ties to the college last winter amid accusations of alcohol-related hazing. It is now fighting a decision that this de-recognition also means its College Street house can no longer serve as a residence.
The Hanover Zoning Board of Adjustment in April ruled, 5-0, that the status of SAE, as the fraternity is known, was “grandfathered” under town zoning ordinances. SAE has been active since before the code was adopted in 1976, and fraternity members argued that this obviated the ordinance’s requirement that residences in the campus “institutional” district be operated “in conjunction with” an institution.
“The fraternity has existed before any ordinance went on the ballot,” SAE Trustee Jeremy Katz said Thursday before a hearing of the zoning board.