AUSG released the following statement on Monday, August 28, 2017 in response to the announcement by American University that 18 students have been dismissed from the University and an additional one faces other sanctions for involvement in the underground organization Epsilon Iota (EI).
Student Government applauds the University administration for taking action against a large group of students associated with the underground group Epsilon Iota (EI). This morning, AU announced that 18 students have been dismissed from the University and an additional one faces other disciplinary action.
Since 2002, this group has operated as an unrecognized and underground organization that is not regulated by AU. Additionally, it lacks oversight by the Fraternity & Sorority Life office and the Office of Campus Life. EI has a history of sexual and physical violence, hazing and other violations of both the student conduct code and the law.
“EI has been a consistent threat to the safety of AU students since it was created some 15 years ago, and I am encouraged to see AU take such strong action against members of EI,” said Taylor Dumpson, the AUSG President. “However, it is crucial for students to remain vigilant as we move forward.”
As AUSG has said in the past, EI and students involved in its activities are fundamentally at odds with the values we hold as a community. We continue to stand firmly against an organization that both condones and encourages a climate conducive to sexual violence.
It’s on us as a community to combat the sexual and interpersonal violence perpetrated by EI, and actions like these by the University reinforce our values.