As we hit the end of July, the dog days of Summer are over. August will bring the start of a new academic year, and the expected cycle of regular news stories in the fraternity/sorority world. The first batch will likely hit in mid-August and be about the record numbers of women signed up at early recruitment schools.
For now, I need to clean out my files:
The University of Tennessee has begun implementation of new policies and procedures that resulted from an examination of the community following the butt-chugging incident last fall (AP via Dayton Daily News). Among the changes are required fraternity house directors, higher GPA standards, and enhanced security on weekends. The University is also considering a medical amnesty/Good Samaritan policy for reporting concerns and seeking help in cases of alcohol poisoning.
The Arizona Board of Regents has sent a letter to over 70 national fraternal organizations over concerns about wide-spread bad behavior at Arizona State chapters in the past year (AZCentral.com). The University had several high profile incidents in the past year, including the unusual death of an SAE pledge in the fall, and an alcohol incident in the Spring that drew national attention.
A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Cal State-San Marcos was sentenced to a year in jail for election fraud as he sought to be elected as student government president (The Daily Beast). He used stolen log in information to cast hundreds of votes for himself in the election.
Sigma Alpha Mu at Ohio State has been suspended by the University and its national organization, and removed from its fraternity house (The Lantern). The article cites a “failure to comply with university or civil authority, alcohol and disorderly or disruptive conduct sections of the Student Code of Conduct,” for the closure. It also includes a letter to the editor critical of OSU’s involvement, however it appears that the suspension by SAM was actually harsher.
Emory University has suspended their Phi Delta Theta chapter for hazing violations during the Spring semester (Emory Wheel). The Dean of Students indicated that the hazing “including requiring pledges to participate in a ‘fight club,’ consume ‘unusual amounts’ of items ‘that are not typical for eating,’ sleep on the floor of the house basement in just their boxers with no pillow or blanket and consume alcohol.”
In a rather unusual story, the Aspen Daily News reports that the Kappa Sigma chapter at the University of Colorado is suing a luxury hotel in Aspen for overcharging them for damages during a formal in the Fall. According to the article the overcharge happened “following a three-day event that drew a police presence and has since become ‘notorious’ among staff at the upscale hotel.”