Ohio University suspends business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi

ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University has suspended another organization.

Business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi received a cease and desist on Thursday.

In a letter sent to the fraternity, the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility said they received information about alleged conduct that puts their members at risk.

Under the suspension, the fraternity will not be allowed to meet in any capacity.

The suspension of the fraternity is the second to happen on Thursday. The men’s rugby team was also placed on suspension.

Earlier in October, the university suspended all fraternities after allegations of hazing at seven fraternities surfaced.

Last spring, the university suspended Sigma Pi for hazing, alcohol and drug use, and other student conduct code violations after the alleged hazing of an 18-year-old freshman who died in November.

To view a list of all suspended organizations, click here.


Georgia college students burn books of Latina author after lecture comments on white privilege

STATESBORO, Ga. — Students at Georgia Southern University burned the books of a Cuban-American author on a grill following a lecture in which she argued with participants about white privilege and diversity.

Jennine Capó Crucet visited the campus in Statesboro on Wednesday to discuss her 2015 novel, “Make Your Home Among Strangers,” which students were assigned to read for their First Year Experience course.

Multiple videos on social media show students gathered around a grill burning copies of Capó Crucet’s novel and laughing.

“This is where we are, America,” Capó Crucet tweeted Wednesday following the incident.

One of the most infamous book burnings in history took place in May 1933 when German citizens burned the books of Jewish authors to “remove ‘Jewish influence” from German institutions, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s website.

Author says interaction with student was hostile

Capó Crucet’s novel examines a Cuban-American girl who is caught between two worlds, her life as a first-generation minority student at an elite university and her family in Miami, which is dealing with immigration issues.

“I was asked in advance to give a talk on issues concerning diversity and the college experience, one that expanded on the themes of my novel,” Capó Crucet said in a statement Friday.

During the Q&A portion of her presentation, she says a white student questioned whether she had the authority to address issues of race and white privilege on campus.

GSU’s student newspaper, The George-Anne, reported that the student accused Capó Crucet of generalizing about “the majority of white people being privileged.”

“What makes you believe that it’s okay to come to a college campus, like this, when we are supposed to be promoting diversity on this campus, which is what we’re taught. I don’t understand what the purpose of this was,” the student said, according to the newspaper.

The author responded: “I came here because I was invited and I talked about white privilege because it’s a real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question,” according to the report.

“I answered the question with the same response that I cite in the essay and mentioned out loud that this moment felt like déjà vu,” she said.

GSU freshman Chloe Johnsen told CNN students started shouting and yelling in favor of and against the student’s comment, with some yelling “Trump 2020” and others saying the author was right.

Capó Crucet described the interaction as hostile, surreal and strange. She says students began shouting back and forth, but she asked faculty to find the student who asked the initial question and other “similarly upset students” because “a compassionate and continuing conversation needed to occur.”

“We weren’t going to answer these questions in one night of discussion,” Capó Crucet said.

Later that night, though, Capó Crucet said she had to change hotels because students had gathered outside of her original hotel and she saw videos on social media of students burning her books.

“Nothing close to the events at GSU has occurred during any of my previous campus visits,” she said, adding that she’s given similar presentations at schools like Stanford University.

Students protected by First Amendment, GSU spokeswoman says

GSU freshman JaQuaylon Taylor, who witnessed Wednesday night’s book burning, told CNN affiliate WJCL-TV he shot video of the incident.

“When I was shooting the video, I was saying this is crazy. This is wild. I didn’t expect this to happen at all. It’s just not the way that night was supposed to be,” Taylor said.

Jennifer Wise, the university’s spokeswoman, said in a statement GSU does not plan on taking any actions against the students involved in the incident and that book burning was within the students’ First Amendment rights.

She did say, however, that “book burning does not align with Georgia Southern’s values nor does it encourage the civil discourse and debate of ideas.”

PEN America, a literature and human rights organization, released a statement on the book burning Friday.

“It is deeply disturbing to see a group of students engaged in this kind of conduct,” said Jonathan Friedman, director of PEN America’s campus free speech project. “This symbolic gesture aimed not just to reject or refute ideas but to obliterate the very paper on which they were written … It behooves the university to educate its students about why book burning is so inimical to open discourse and free expression.”

Russell Willerton, a professor and chairman of the school’s Department of Writing and Linguistics, released a statement on Facebook saying the department was “dismayed and disappointed by the uproar.”

“Last night’s discussion with the author devolved into accusations of her demonstrating racism against white people,” Willerton’s statement read. “We assert that destructive and threatening acts do not reflect the values of Georgia Southern University.”

Johnsen, the GSU freshman, told CNN she didn’t think the president’s statement was enough.

“I don’t think that it’s going to change anyone’s mind. None of the people who burned the books got punished,” she said. “I think behavior like that and their actions and their beliefs are going to continue to exist.”


Georgia college students burn books of Latina author after lecture comments on white privilege

Ohio University investigating hazing claims at 3 sororities and a professional fraternity

ATHENS, Ohio — Less than a week after every fraternity on the Ohio University campus was suspended over multiple hazing allegations, the school has issued Cease and Desist orders to three sororities and one professional fraternity over more claims of hazing.

Delta Zeta’s Omicron Gamma chapter, Chi Omega’s Tau Alpha chapter, Pi Beta Phi’s Ohio Alpha chapter and Phi Chi Theta are under investigation by the university for reported allegations of hazing, according to a news release from the college.

The Ohio University Police Department has reviewed the initial allegations and determined that so far, none of them have risen to the level of actionable criminal activity, the release states. If additional information comes out suggesting that a crime has occurred, the police will get involved immediately.

“At this time, we do not have reason to believe there is a systemic culture issue within the Women’s Panhellenic Association organizations nor within our professional fraternal organizations,” the university stated. “However, decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, and the University reserves the right to take additional action as needed at any time.”

Ohio University representatives encouraged anyone who was subjected to or witnessed hazing to report it to them using this link: https://www.ohio.edu/student-affairs/community-standards/report-incident



UBC RCMP investigating drugging allegations at fraternities in Vancouver

An RCMP investigation is continuing into allegations that UBC students were drugged a Vancouver bar, and UBC fraternity social events have been cancelled.

On October 1, economics professor Marina Adshade stated on Twitter that one of her students was hospitalized after allegedly being drugged in a Vancouver bar on September 27. She also claimed that there were six women with her who had been allegedly drugged at UBC fraternities.



Cal Poly fraternity put on probation for underage drinking, party registration violation

On the same day a Cal Poly fraternity made headlines for a viral video showing a member being waterboarded, the San Luis Obispo university quietly sanctioned a separate fraternity for providing alcohol to minors.

According to Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier, the Delta Upsilon chapter “was found to have violated university alcohol and party registration policies by having gatherings where alcohol was available to underage guests.”

The Cal Poly chapter was listed as “under investigation” on the university’s Greek Life sanctions page Friday morning, but by late afternoon, its status had been changed to “on sanctions.”

Lazier said Cal Poly launched an investigation into Delta Upsilon over the summer after it was notified by the chapter that it was being investigated by its national headquarters.

Lazier added that the fraternity chapter also violated its national headquarters’ substance-free housing policy.

Delta Upsilon is on probation through winter quarter 2020. Lazier said the fraternity chapter must “demonstrate exemplary compliance with university policies” during that time.

Founded in 1955, Delta Upsilon was the first recognized fraternity at Cal Poly, according to the chapter’s website.

According to the national headquarters’ website, Delta Upsilon “is the world’s oldest non-secret, non-hazing fraternity.” The organization has 72 chapters across the United States and Canada.

A request for comment from Cal Poly’s Interfraternity Council, the governing body for the university’s traditional fraternities, was not returned Friday evening.


Ohio University suspends all frats, citing hazing allegations against 7 chapters

CINCINNATI – Ohio University suspended all fraternities Thursday, citing a “growing concern elevated by allegations of hazing” against seven chapters made this week.

The decision comes about 11 months after Collin Wiant was found dead in the annex of Sigma Pi house, the fraternity he was pledging, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Wiant’s parents filed a wrongful death suit earlier this year, accusing fraternity members of deadly hazing.

In a letter to all Interfraternity Council presidents to announce the suspensions, Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones wrote that the “troubling allegations” of hazing made this week “indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our (Interfraternity Council), and Ohio University will not put at risk the health and safety of our students.”

Ohio University’s Interfraternity Council is the governing body for 15 member fraternities and nearly 1,000 affiliated members, according to the school’s website.