ENMU fraternity facing consequences for drug use, underage drinking

PORTALES, N.M. (KRQE)- The Sigma Chi fraternity of Eastern New Mexico University has found itself in some big trouble.

“When we first became aware of the possibility of drug use in this fraternity we immediately investigated,” said Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU’s president.

Documents obtained by KRQE News 13 from the school state that more than 50 percent of the fraternity brothers have reported using drugs at the house.

The report by ENMU campus police states that witnesses say those students were smoking pot as well as using molly, mushrooms and ecstasy as way to “build a brotherly bond with one another.”

There are even allegations of a frat member dealing ecstasy.

Campus police also mention concerns about sexual assault, stating that in one instance a female at a frat party tested positive for Rohypnol, which can be used as a date rape drug. In another instance, two members tried to drag a drunken co-ed into a back room.

These are all behaviors that ENMU’s president says the school will not stand for.

“There is, I would say, severe sanctions levied by the institution against the fraternity,” said Gamble.

He would not go into detail about the punishment he just handed Friday.

Students say that they knew something was going on with Sigma Chi, but didn’t know there seriousness of the allegations.

“We go to school with these people and we like you know talk to them, hang out with them, see them around every day, like it’s just really weird, you never know who is involved in what,” said Natalie Salas, ENMU student.

The president would not say if the frat has been suspended or even booted from school.

Campus police say some of the frat members could face charges.


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