Some notes to wrap up the week…
The University of Virginia has placed a deadline of Sunday, April 7th for all fraternities to end their pledge programs and initiate their new members. Dean of Students Allen Groves cited “colorable reports of hazing and misconduct,” including excessive alcohol consumption and “other behavior that threatens the health, safety and well-being of … students.” Earlier this semester, Groves and university President Teresa A. Sullivan challenged the fraternities about alcohol issues surrounding rush activities. (The Daily Progress)
The University of Mississippi has suspended their chapter of Sigma Chi through the end of the fall semester. The suspension is the result of an alcohol policy violation while the chapter was already on probation. (wjtv.com)
A former member of Alpha Phi Delta fraternity St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights has been arrested for an unprovoked attack of a 55-year-old woman at a New York Subway platform. He was identified from security footage by his fraternity hoodie, with his nickname on the back. An unnamed member of that fraternity contacted police with all of the details needed to make the arrest. (gothamist.com) Gawker.com had some earlier details.
A former California State-Bakersfield student has filed a civil lawsuit against Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for injuries received from alleged hazing in 2011. “As part of an initiation process, four pledges of the non-university-sanctioned fraternity were beaten with canes, whips and paddles, punched in the ribs, slapped for smiling, shot with a BB gun, and drenched with flour and chocolate, according to police reports.” Three men have plead “no contest” to misdemeanor hazing or misdemeanor battery in criminal actions connected to the case. (The Bakersfield Californian)
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Washington University (St. Louis) has been reinstated following an investigation of an alleged racial incident involving pledges. The story indicates that individual judicial sanctions were imposed. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) The incident took place in February (Student Life).
Chico State restarted fraternity activities in early March after a three-month stop following the death of Mason Sumnicht in November. The article indicates that the Sigma Pi chapter was cleared of any involvement in the death of Sumnicht. The Kappa Sigma and Phi Beta Sigma chapters on campus remain suspended from incidents that happened earlier in the school year. (The Orion)
The University of Arizona has closed their Pi Kappa Phi chapter “after repeated violations involving hazing.” The closure was done in partnership with the national fraternity. (tucsonnewsnow.com)