Frat party bust ends in MIC citations

Johnathan Banks
Staff Writer
Anwesha Bhattacharjee
Web Editor
Linda Nguyen
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Nicole Brown
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Updated Sept. 21:

Richardson PD cited at least 53 students for minor in consumption of alcohol at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon house party on Sept. 7.


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As a result, the UTD chapter of SAE has been ordered to cease and desist by the national organization, according to Daniel Hernandez, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. The chapter and its members are suspended until the organization’s investigation is complete.

Four officers were dispatched to the house located at the intersection of Plano and Renner Roads shortly after midnight to investigate a report of a large party with alcohol and minors present, according to Richardson PD’s crime report.

As they approached the house, one officer noticed several empty beer bottles, plastic cups in the front yard and a loud noise coming from within, the report stated.

Another officer went around to the back and found people trying to climb out of one of the windows and others attempting to flee through a garage.

Officers detained all the individuals and determined them to be under the age of 21. The officers then took the detainees back inside the house.

Most attendees were handed off to a parent or guardian. Only one student had to be taken to the hospital for treatment after he was found to be highly intoxicated.

Although SAE President Andrew Daley confirmed attending the party, he declined to comment on whether it was an official SAE event or if he had been involved with the planning.

No university funds were used for the party, Hernandez said.

Nicole Brown|Staff Designer

Nicole Brown|Staff Designer

Computer science freshman, Keishi Mii, witnessed the aftermath of the bust.

“There were some kids talking to officers and others waiting for someone to pick them up out on the front lawn,” Mii said. “Overall, it was just a ton of police and other cars parked along the street.”

Occasionally, Richardson, Plano and Dallas PDs will inform UTDPD about incidents involving UTD students, Hernandez said.

Dean of Students Gene Fitch asked UTDPD to obtain a copy of the report with the names of the UTD students involved, said Chief of Police Larry Zacharias.

UTDPD’s involvement ended there, and any further investigation is the responsibility of the Dean of Students Office, Zacharias said.

Most disciplinary cases go to the Dean of Students Office, which handles cases of academic integrity and misconduct.

When a student receives an MIC for the first time, the Dean of Students Office gives him or her a written reprimand and a developmental probation, which includes an alcohol and other drug education, counseling and community service, as stated in the Student Discipline and Conduct policy.

If a second offense is reported, the student is put on disciplinary probation, during which any additional violations of the student code of conduct can lead to suspension, expulsion and even removal of the organization. The student can also be prohibited from participating in extracurricular activities, living on campus and working on campus, at the discretion of the Dean of Students.

The Dean of Students Office can receive the referral from the police, a student, a specific department or even an anonymous tip. The office then conducts its investigation, meets with the students to determine if they violated the code of conduct and then gives sanctions accordingly.

“We don’t go actively looking for stories in the newspaper or ask Richardson PD about anything, but if a story is referred to us we do an investigation,” Winkler said. “Off-campus choices can be handled on campus, and that is stated in the code of conduct as a possibility.”

Students can appeal sanctions and go to the Discipline Committee for hearings, which comprise faculty and students chosen to hear the case with witnesses to support each side’s case.

Students can also appeal decisions from the Discipline Committee or the Dean of Students and have the case handled by President David Daniel. From there, Daniel can decide whether to dismiss the case completely, lighten or harshen punishment.

According to the student code of conduct, punishments for on- or off-campus actions can span from verbal warnings to expulsions and denial of degree.

Scholarship loss based upon misconduct is not up to the Dean of Students Office but is at the discretion of the scholarship office.

Original story:

Correction: An earlier version of the story incorrectly identified Plano Road.

Several UTD students were handed minor in consumption charges at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party Saturday, Sept. 6.

Fifty-nine people who attended the party received MICs, according to Richardson PD officer Kevin Perlich.

A little after midnight, Richardson police arrested a minor carrying alcohol into the party and cited him for a minor in possession. This gave the officers reasonable cause to enter the home.

Upon entering, they immediately separated the crowd by age.

Those 21 and over with proper identification could leave without penalty, while underage attendees were lined up and breathalyzed. Anyone who blew over a 0.08, the legal limit for driving a vehicle, was issued an MIC.

No university funds were used for the party, said Daniel Hernandez, assistant director for Greek Life. The party was hosted at an off-campus house at the intersection of Plano Road and Renner Road.

 

Comments
  • Anon Student#1

    September 10, 2014

    As a writer, I suggest you use more politically correct terminology, such as “fraternity,” rather than saying “frat.” Many minors received MICs regardless of what they blew.

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    • Curtis#2

      September 10, 2014

      Seriously? This article is just fine. You’re going overboard with the PC police business.

      The real issue is the given location. Renner and Plano Parkway don’t intersect; they run parallel with each other.

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    • Curtis#4

      September 19, 2014

      You’re right. I was thinking Plano Parkway.

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    • A Comet#5

      September 23, 2014

      Yeah, the author should get their facts straight before posting their article. Most people who blew above .000 received an MIC. Although technically illegal, I felt it was highly unnecessary to give 20 year olds citations for blowing an BAC level they could legally drive with in less than a few months.

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      • The Mercury#6

        September 24, 2014

        Would you be willing to go on record stating that? We could update the article with that detail?

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      • Student#7

        September 25, 2014

        So the police should only enforce the law sometimes…? It doesn’t matter how close you are to 21, if you’re under 21 then it’s illegal to be drinking alcohol.

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        • Cameron#8

          September 28, 2015

          Yes, police should use discretion when enforcing laws. They do every day, and that’s part of the reason you don’t get pulled over for going 3 miles an hour over the speed limit.

          Reply
  • Travis#9

    September 11, 2014

    Spend $200 extra and live in a 10 year newer house with a better PD in Plano. Partying in Richardson is/has/will always be a terrible idea.

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  • ANOTHER STUDENT#10

    September 12, 2014

    This doesn’t even make sense. Officers cannot use “reasonable cause” to enter a home. They would need consent, a warrant, or exigent circumstances (which a party is not.) Did they use the minor in possession to get a warrant from a judge to enter? Or did they trick SAE into letting them inside? One way or the other, you are missing an important piece of the story.

    Also, “frat?” Yeah, seriously, it’s a “fraternity,” try to stick to actual English if you’re going to write for a newspaper.

    Finally, since when is students getting MICs for drinking considered newsworthy? Everyone knows that most college students drink. It’s disappointing that this poor excuse for news is now wasting space in our campus newspaper.

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    • Another Another Student#11

      September 25, 2014

      The reason they used to enter the house isn’t important to the story at all.

      It just sounds that you’re mad that SAE got written about for getting caught doing something. Don’t take it out on the newspaper people lol

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  • Prefer to be anonymous#12

    September 25, 2014

    Congratulations UTD Mercury. This is officially your most popular article ever!

    Reply
  • Student#13

    September 26, 2014

    It’s funny that the writer of this story just pledged Fiji. Aren’t you suppose to be unbiased?? Also, it would be great if you would get the damn facts strait before you write an article. How many revisions have there been? Too many if you ask me. Usually you get the facts, then you write about it. It’s not good reporting to report on rumors, then come back later with the truth. Lastly, I’m wondering where the article about Kappa Sigma is, didn’t they have a party busted too?

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