University of Michigan fraternity members accused of vandalizing ski resorts

Crews are still cleaning up at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord after they say a group of fraternity members from the University of Michigan partied too hard and left a big mess behind. 

Police say they had to escort the members of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity out after they wreaked havoc in the hotel rooms and hallways. 

"Food, beer, alcohol all over the floor, on the walls; carpet damaged; a lot of ceiling tiles broken down; some furniture damage," says Barry Owens, a general manager at Treetops Resort. 

Owens says he estimates the amount of damage to be in the range of $50,000.

Boyne Highlands says it also saw damage from two more University of Michigan fraternities in up to 12 separate, private condos throughout the resorts. 

"We're the stewards of the property and it's disturbing to us and we need to protect their investments. We are following up with U of M and they promised us swift action. We assessed a significant fee when they checked out not knowing what's in repair but we wanted to protect our owners and ourselves," said Mike Chumbler, General Manager of Boyne Highlands. 

9&10News in Cadillac reached out to the university and received the following statement: 

"We are very disappointed in the behavior of some of our students during a weekend visit to two northern Michigan ski resorts. I want to assure you that the organizations and the individuals involved will be held accountable for their actions. U-M staff members in the Office of Greek Life have begun meeting with the presidents of the fraternities and sororities involved. We expect full payment for all damages. The local Greek chapters are in the process of notifying their national organizations, which could bring their own sanctions. We are confident the national organizations will take this seriously and will work through this situation in collaboration with the university.

Additionally, these incidents will be addressed through the Greek Life student judiciary process on our campus."
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