Fraternity members face criminal charges for damaging ski resort

The University of Michigan fraternity party fallout continues. That wild weekend up north was costly and now possibly criminal.

The University has disbanded the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity for wrecking the ski resort, now some members are facing criminal charges.

If those folks finish up their time here at the University of Michigan they'll leave with degrees and quite possibly criminal records. Three Sigma Alpha Mu members are facing charges and pretty soon there will likely be more.

"My thing is, you reap what you sow," said Damian Adams.

"I would never want to say anything bad about a fellow student, but this is a situation where people do need to be held accountable for their actions." 

And now a few of them are. One of the members is charged with a felony - malicious destruction of a building - after the Treetops Resort in Gaylord was trashed in January. It could land him behind bars for five years. The chapter's president and treasurer are each charged with drug and alcohol consumption by minors.

"I wonder honestly how that's going to affect their employment opportunities in the future," wondered Sophie Madorski.

And that's not all they have to worry about.

"It's been very disappointing, we said that from the very beginning," said Rick FItzgerald, director of the University of Michigan public affairs office. "This is not how we expect our students to act."

Fitzgerald says those frat members could be suspended or even worse, expelled.

"The next step for us will be to really get the investigative report, get the details involved, and carefully consider that," said FItzgerald.

No one responded at the former frat house when we stopped by Friday night, but a few peeked out from windows. While only three students are facing criminal charges, Otsego County's prosecuting attorney says several other members will be charged with malicious destruction of a building once investigators identify them.

"Let me see if I understand this. College kids go up to a resort , trash the place, create hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage and they're not going to go to jail?  or prison?  You can't do this, college kids know that, and yeah, if they're found guilty, they will pay the consequences and they should," said Fox 2's Charlie Langton. 

As classmates watch the fallout unfold, they're offering very little sympathy to the now-defunct fraternity.

"Frats get away with a lot of heinous stuff, and not to hate on Greek life or anything, but it's kinda nice to see those people punished for doing some ignorant stuff," said Alex Meingast.

Sigma Alpha Mu's international board of directors shut down the chapter earlier this week, but fox 2 is told it could become active again in four years.
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