UNL Police Issue 62 Citations to Sigma Nu Fraternity

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UNL Police have issued citations as a result of the investigation stemming from the Jan. 19, 2014, fire alarm call to the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Investigators examined all aspects of what led up to the fire alarm being triggered, resulting in authorities being summoned to the Sigma Nu house. There were multiple city fire code violations, including several smoke detector violations, blocked exits, faulty entrances and exits, intentional covering of smoke heads, and improper discharging of fire extinguishers. Other criminal violations are connected to the intentional damage to the building.

According to the investigation, the house was intentionally put into disarray by dumping trash (including wet leaves, broken bottles, cans, paper products, and broken furniture which impeded access/egress from the building) in the common areas of the house and hallways of the living area floors, pouring detergent and other household cleaners on the floor throughout the house, and intentionally discharging fire extinguishers within the house. It was learned through interviews that this was done with the intent to require the fraternity’s pledges to spend initiation week cleaning up the mess.

At this time, these activities do not appear to meet the elements under the state statute of hazing. The university and the fraternity may pursue further sanctions against the local chapter for such conduct.

The following individuals were cited:

Ryan K. Anderson, age 39 – Sigma Nu Building Associations Board of Directors President
cited for 62 counts of city fire code violations

Coleman J. Lay, age 19 – Sigma Nu member, House President
62 counts of city fire code violations

Kyle I. Regen, age 19 – Sigma Nu member, House Manager
62 counts of city fire code violations
Inmate of Disorderly House

Matthew R. Slingwine, age 22 – Sigma Nu member
Inmate of Disorderly House

Brett J. Willms, age 20 – Sigma Nu member
Inmate of Disorderly House

The investigation is continuing. No other charges or citations are expected at this time.