Troy University halts all fraternity pledge activities after hazing allegations

Troy University has announced that all North American Interfraternity Conference fraternity pledge activities will cease until further notice.

This comes after Troy suspended Delta Kappa Epsilon for hazing violations. Delta Kappa Epsilon is the second fraternity suspended on campus in two weeks, the first being Sigma Chi.

 

https://www.al.com/news/2019/10/troy-university-halts-all-fraternity-pledge-activities-after-hazing-allegations.html

 

 

The Delta Phi chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Florida State is under investigation for hazing allegations, the university confirmed Tuesday.

The national office of the fraternity suspended the chapter on Friday, said Amy Hecht, vice president for student affairs at FSU.

“The national organization of Delta Tau Delta on Friday suspended the Florida State University chapter of the fraternity pending the results of the organization’s investigation into allegations of hazing,” Hecht said in a statement to the Democrat. “FSU is also investigating and has mirrored the national organization’s suspension pending the completion of the investigation.”

University spokesman Dennis Schnittker said the hazing allegations also are being investigated by the FSU Police Department.

The university cannot release details of an ongoing investigation, he said.

 “The headquarters office of Delta Tau Delta is working with Florida State University, students and local alumni to investigate a possible violation of the fraternity’s risk management policy,” said Jean Lloyd, communications manager for the fraternity’s national office. “The fraternity will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.”

The suspension means that the chapter is not allowed to operate as a fraternity on the FSU campus and must cease all chapter operations and activities, Hecht said.

“Florida State has strong anti-hazing policies and does not tolerate hazing in any form,” she said.

The university has instituted several policies and guidelines to eliminate hazing following the Nov. 3, 2017 death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey, who died at an off-campus fraternity party after drinking a bottle of bourbon.

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/10/01/delta-tau-delta-fraternity-chapter-suspended-fsu-following-hazing-allegations/3832624002/

 

 

OXFORD, Ohio — Eighteen Miami University fraternity members accused of hitting, kicking and spitting on “pledges” have been charged with dozens of misdemeanors in Butler County, according to a grand jury report released Wednesday.

Their 64 cumulative charges are all either for assault or hazing. Most stand charged with more than one count of each.

The Journal-News reported all 18 are members of Delta Tau Delta, a fraternity banned from campus until at least 2029 in response to a new member’s report of violent hazing this spring.

In his May complaint, the new member wrote that he had been forced to drink and smoke to excess while blindfolded and that drunken senior members had beaten him with a spiked paddle during a mandatory “big/little” reveal party. He would later be hospitalized with a .231 blood alcohol level, per a university report.

Text logs between him and one of the senior

 

https://www.wcpo.com/news/education/higher-education/miami-u-news/18-members-of-suspended-miami-fraternity-charged-with-hazing-assault

 

Ohio University ordered the school’s chapter of the ACACIA fraternity to halt all operational activities Monday, citing allegations of health and safety concerns. It is the second OU fraternity in 12 months to receive a cease-and-desist letter.

Ohio University ordered the school’s chapter of the ACACIA fraternity to halt all activities Monday, citing health and safety concerns of students.

The university issued a cease-and-desist letter to the fraternity after it received reports that the organization may have broken the school’s student code of conduct, said Carly Leatherwood, a university spokeswoman.

The letter was sent by Taylor Tackett, Ohio University’s assistant dean of students, to the chapter’s president, Colin Dedrick, and copied to the ACACIA national organization.

Tackett wrote that the chapter is not permitted to meet in any capacity. This includes “organizational meetings, meetings of the executive board, organizational programming, social events, philanthropic events and any trip or travel,” he wrote.

Any communication over social media or texting apps is also forbidden unless preapproved by Tackett.

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20191001/ohio-university-orders-second-fraternity-to-suspend-activities

University of Edinburgh is accused of ‘blatant racism’ for hosting an equality conference where white people are BANNED from asking questions

Edinburgh University has been slated for hosting an event where white people will be banned from asking questions – which has been described as ‘blatantly racist’.

A Q&A event – Resisting Whiteness 2019 – will bar Caucasian guests from speaking from the floor.

There will also be two ‘safe spaces’ – one of which white people are banned from entering.

University bosses have ‘raised concerns’ about aspects of the event.

The event will take place on Saturday at the prestigious university, with the intention of ‘amplifying the voices of people of colour’ and giving ‘people of colour a platform to talk’.

The all-day event costs up to £20 to attend, and will be held at the Pleasance Theatre.

A blurb says: ‘We will therefore not be giving the microphone to white people during the Q&As, not because we don’t think white people have anything to offer to the discussion, but because we want to amplify the voices of people of colour.

If you are a white person with a question, please share it with a member of the committee or our speakers after the panel discussion.’

And it explains why white people have been barred from one of the ‘safe spaces’ – for people to retreat if they feel ‘overwhelmed/overstimulated or uncomfortable’.

It said: ‘The Braid room is a safe space for only people of colour, and the Cheviot room is available for anyone who needs it.’

Anti-racism campaigner Jane McColl, 42, of Glasgow said: ‘This event is blatantly racist.

‘It sets back the battle to achieve equality and fairness by decades, all because of the actions of a tiny group of extremists, whose perverse sense of logic has led them to belittle white people, not by who they are as individuals, by merely because of their skin colour.

‘Imagine if this event was called ‘Resisting Blackness’ and non-white people were told they could not ask questions, nor access a room because they were the ‘wrong’ colour.’

A spokesman for the University of Edinburgh said: ‘Tackling racism is an important topic for debate and the University is supportive of events addressing this issue.

‘However, we are an organisation that places great value on issues around equality and voice.

‘Consequently the University has met with the event organisers to ensure the event is compliant with our values.

‘We have expressed our concerns to them about certain aspects of the format of the event and they are revising their ‘safe space’ policy for the conference as a result.’

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7513201/Edinburgh-University-accused-racism-conference-white-people-ask-questions.html

UNF fraternity’s questionnaire fueling controversy By Brittany Muller

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A controversial questionnaire issued by a University of North Florida fraternity for its new members during fall rush is in the spotlight.

UNF’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life said it has been made aware of the questionnaire issued by Chi Phi fraternity. The photo (shown above) was shared with News4Jax by the UNF Spinnaker.

 

Chi Phi’s questions included:

  • Are margaritas gay?
  • If you had a nuke, who would you hit?
  • How many fifth graders could you confidently beat up?

“I personally don’t like it. It wasn’t really that funny. Kind of inappropriate,” said Alex Ray, a sophomore at UNF who is involved in Greek life.

Chi Phi’s website reads in part, “Our mission is to build better men through lifelong friendships, leadership opportunities and character development.” The fraternity has 58 chapters at universities across the country.

“I think the whole stigma around fraternity and sorority life is kind of skewed because of things like that,” Ray said.

https://www.news4jax.com/news/talkers/unf-fraternitys-questionable-questionnaire-fueling-controversy

Greek fraternity under investigation at Washington State University for alleged violations

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University Greek fraternity has been temporarily suspended after allegations of behavior that violated university standards and risked the health and safety of fraternity members.

According to the student newspaper, The Daily Evergreen, the Sigma Nu Delta Iota chapter is now being investigated by the Office of the Dean of Students.

The chapter headquarters has also been suspended from holding new member activities or events with alcohol, according to the university’s Center fro Fraternity and Sorority Life website.

Due to the interim loss of recognition, Sigma Nu will not be allowed to participate or partake in Fraternity and Sorority advising, Information Technology Services, the Student Involvement Center or intramural sports. However, while the group can’t use these services, individual students are still allowed.

https://www.khq.com/news/greek-fraternity-under-investigation-at-washington-state-university-for-alleged/article_ec400622-cea0-11e9-b841-e76a575ede34.html

Young men have died in fraternities every year for 2 decades. But frats are slow to change

As first-time students settle in at college campuses each fall, Debbie Smith can’t help but feel dread. In 2005, her son Matthew Carrington started a similar journey at California State University, Chico.

He, like many young men, found himself pledging for a fraternity. That was odd, Smith said, because he had never expressed that much interest in Greek life. But his friend wanted to join Chi Tau, and he convinced Carrington to join him.

They expected collegiality, a place to call home away from home. The virtues of Greek life are supposed to include higher grades and a sense of camaraderie that lasts a lifetime.

But you have to be alive to benefit.

To join the fraternal brotherhood, Carrington and others were forced to endure months of hazing rituals as part of a process known as pledging. Their initiation culminated when they did a series of strenuous calisthenics in a basement floor. Pipes in the house had backed up, spewing sewage in the basement. Fans blew cold air onto them as their would-be brothers had them drink water repeatedly from a 5-gallon jug. They soiled themselves, but kept going. For Carrington, it proved too much for his body to handle.

He died.

The words “In the basement, no one can hear you scream” were reportedly scrawled on the subterranean walls.

Few may have heard Carrington as he suffered, but Smith has been speaking for him since in the hopes of preventing another hazing death. Still, the dread persists.

“You’re on pins and needles, you know, all through the school year,” Smith said. “Because you know it’s going to happen to somebody. We don’t know who, we don’t know where, we don’t know when, but we know what’s going to happen. And what do we do? I mean, how do we make that not happen?”

Every year for the past two decades, at least one young man has died in connection with fraternity hazing. Whether it’s alcohol poisoning, extreme physical labor, or physical injuries, dozens of lives have been lost in the name of fraternal kinship. Yet rush continues, pledge classes carry out antics, and Greek initiations roll on. In 2018-2019, the North American Interfraternity Conference, an organization with 66 fraternities, expects to have more than 300,000 members.

Should universities be blamed? Lawsuit says yes

Supporters and active members of fraternities say the deaths are isolated incidents that do not represent the whole of the Greek life experience. Greek organizations get young people involved in public service, they point out, and they connect college students with a built-in network of successful and supportive alumni.

In 2017, the annual death toll at fraternities spiked to four, reviving an old discussion: Are the benefits of fraternity membership worth the lives of young adults?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2019/09/05/frat-rush-week-fraternity-college-hazing-greek-life-recruitment-death/2135981001/