As we head toward the end of the semester, there seem to be several items that remind us of the need to address values and responsibilities throughout the year.
Three members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at Virginia State have been arrested on hazing charges from an incident last August. A fourth man who is not a student was also arrested (nbc12.com). One of the students arrested is the current student government president at VSU (Times Dispatch).
The Phi Delta Theta chapter at UT-Chattanooga is being investigated after a video of a prank was posted to Facebook (wbir.com). “The video shows one person shooting bottle rockets into the pants of a fraternity member who appears to be passed out and doesn’t notice.” You can watch the video at wrbctv.com.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Indiana University has been suspended pending hazing allegations (HeraldTimesOnline.com).
Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Arizona has been shut down. “After repeated fines, warnings and stints on probation, the chapter recently was shut down after dual investigations by the UA and the fraternity’s national headquarters” (Arizona Daily Star). “The local chapter of Pi Kappa Phi had been in trouble 14 times since 2010 for incidents including hazing and underage booze bashes that ended with students being hospitalized for excessive alcohol consumption, UA officials said.”
Purdue University has extended the suspension of their Beta Theta Pi chapter after that group could not live up to the sanctions imposed under a current suspension (jconline.com).
An attempted sexual assault was reported at the Beta Theta Pi chapter house at Wesleyan University over the weekend (nbcconnecticut.com). This is the same chapter that is involved in civil litigation from an incident in 2010 (Courthouse News).
Finally, SUNY-Binghamton is back in the news with the interim suspension of Delta Chi on hazing allegations made by a parent. Binghamton has been in the spotlight for hazing concerns, and the campus response for much of the past year.