Sigma Alpha Mu -- the historically Jewish fraternity nicknamed Sammy -- is shutting down its University of Michigan chapter, following an incident that resulted in criminal charges against its president, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (March 27, 2015).
The Ann Arbor chapter's president, Joshua Kaplan, and Zachary Levin, both 19, are facing misdemeanor charges for allowing drug and alcohol use by minors at a weekend party in January at a Michigan ski area.
The wild party at Treetops Resort left 45 hotel rooms trashed and $430,000 worth of damage and legal fees. A third fraternity member was charged with a felony, malicious destruction of a building, according to the report.
Sigma Alpha Mu's international board voted last week to shut down the chapter, and the University of Michigan called the students' behavior "reprehensible." The students have been ordered to pay restitution to the hotel and the city in which it is located, Gaylord.