PLATTSBURGH — The SUNY Plattsburgh fraternity that became the center of a City Police investigation over the weekend has been the subject of disciplinary action in the past.
The college put AXP on probation for interfering with a Take Back the Night march in April of this year, SUNY Plattsburgh Director of Public Relations and Publications Michelle Ouellette confirmed Monday.
It’s alleged that hateful comments, including “sluts” and “shut up, sluts,” were shouted from the fraternity house at participants of the march, which was part of international effort to spread awareness of sexual assault, rape and domestic and dating violence.
Following the incident, the fraternity was given a two-year probationary period, AXP President John Mastronardo told the Press-Republican on Monday.
In order to comply with the sanction, he said, the group must fulfill requirements set forth by the college’s Office of Fraternity/Sorority Life, including actively participating in programs and workshops.
“We’ve been fulfilling our sanction throughout the semester,” Mastronardo said.
In addition, he noted, AXP planned to bring someone in to speak about risk management.
On Saturday afternoon, an area outside the fraternity’s Brinkerhoff Street home was lined with crime-scene tape as police executed a search warrant there.
Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot confirmed Saturday that an investigation was being conducted but released no information about the nature of the alleged crimes.
Sources, however, have said that the investigation stems from a possible assault and fight.
Mastronardo told the Press-Republican Saturday that he arrived at the house at 8:30 that morning and was told that a group of people had come to the residence at 3:30 a.m. with knives, a baseball bat and a hammer.
He was not home at the time but said there had not been a party at the house.