Hazing Rate Up; Two Fraternities Punished
As of mid-October, 10 fraternities had been accused of hazing pledges this fall — the most
reported cases since 2005.
Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the
Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and
Community Involvement, said that of
those accused, two — Alpha Tau Omega
and Phi Delta Theta — were charged with
hazing by the Interfraternity Council.
In September, Alpha Tau Omega
pledges were invited to a “special dinner”
— a dinner that they ended up wearing, as
brothers hurled spaghetti at them and then
ordered them to clean up. The fraternity
received four weeks of probation and two
weeks of deferred probation, which comes
into effect if the fraternity commits another
social infraction during that time.
After a Kappa Alpha brother tweeted
“ 45 bottles of champagne. 14 pledges,
#mynight” on his personal Twitter
account, the fraternity was charged with
violating the common source alcohol state
law, which prohibits the use of common
source containers — such as kegs and
coolers — at student-sponsored events.
Bachenheimer said, “Both Phi Delta
Theta and Kappa Alpha received two weeks
of deferred probation — Phi Delta Theta
for shaving four pledges’ heads and Kappa
Alpha for violating alcohol regulations.”
The Kappa Alpha violation does not come
under hazing rules.
Bachenheimer said efforts in recent
years have helped ease the process for
reporting alleged hazing episodes and could
account for the rise in hazing reports. The
Fraternity and Sorority Life website has
added a Hazing Hotline, which lets anyone
— rush, pledge, friend or parent — report
alleged hazing incidents anonymously.
Four fraternities, whose names were not
released, were cleared of hazing charges.
The verdicts against three other unidentified fraternities still were undetermined,
with two cases pending.
Bachenheimer said incidents as small as
spaghetti dinners gone awry can inculcate a
culture that accepts more serious hazing.
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