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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

OK - fair enough. Let me be more precise. Very strong efforts were made and continue to be made to stop hazing at white frats. Some still circumvent the rules and continue to do so. Hazing at the black frats has not been addressed to anywhere near the same degree.


46 posted on 01/30/2007 8:02:34 AM PST by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: Locomotive Breath
Maybe that's starting to change.... esp. with this latest trial and conviction. But, reading further, (see last story link & excerpted text below), is it possible that the black fraternities have been getting around the traditional definition of "hazing" because they don't really have a pledge phase? I don't know. I'm just surmising at this point.

Kappa Alpha Psi investigated for hazing [Sam Houston State Univ. - TX]

The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, one of the most prestigious African American fraternities in the country, has been suspended from SHSU campus activities pending an investigation into a hazing incident which took place on February 10th [2002]. The alleged incident resulted in the hospitalization of a pledge after he was paddled and beaten with canes and other objects.
"He suffered severe injuries," said Jason Warren, staff associate of student life, who visited the student in the hospital and is currently investigating the incident. "You could tell he had been assaulted both mentally and physically."
Aggravated assault charges have been filed with the Harris County Sheriff's Department and they are currently investigating the incident.
Warren said four pledges were taken to Houston Sunday night for what they thought to be an initiation. Though he could not comment on exactly what transpired, one of the pledges went to Huntsville Memorial Hospital the next day.
"He had severe bruises on his chest and buttocks," said Warren, "and he was having trouble sitting down."

San Diego State University has suspended Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity for hazing

Kappa Alpha Psi found guilty of hazing violations [Georgia Tech]

According to the letter, the Interfraternity Judicial Board said that “The fact that brothers have therefore conspired to produce a uniform and false front leads the Judicial Board to believe that there might be a more serious form of hazing taking place... it is necessary that future consequences be outlined immediately for any future hazing violations, and that these consequences be severe enough to deter dangerous behavior.”

“The brothers’ statements were consistent between IFC and UJC [Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet],” said Dean DiSabatino. Taped evidence from hearings in each body is admissible in the other.

The events that led to hazing allegations were not associated with a “pledge period.” Rather, the events occurred outside of the regulated intake process for KAPsi.

“African-American Greek processes differ than the other Greek chapters in a few ways, and one of those is that there is a very limited period of time that they’re interacting as prospective members; there’s not really a ‘pledgeship’ period,” stated DiSabatino. “Students conduct an informational meeting quite often... this group goes specifically goes straight from an application phase to an interview, and then after the interview, they go to a day-long event with alumni present, and then they’re brothers. There’s no pledge period. These things happened outside of that.” Dean Barnes’ letter also stated that “Georgia Tech has an obligation to the parents of our students, the citizens of our state, and most of all to the men and women that have worked so hard to be part of our campus community. Our obligation is to do all we can, to insure that activities associated with the Georgia Tech experience are beneficial and supportive of success." By Jennifer Hinkel News Editor The Lambda Delta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi (KAPsi) has been placed on a minimum three-year suspension after being found guilty of violating sections of both the Fraternity Conduct Code and the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Hazing Policy. The sentence has been suspended and will be enacted only if KAPsi violates the IFC hazing policy again. “If any other violation of the [IFC Hazing] policy occurs over the span of the next two years, a three year suspension will occur immediately following due process, and that’s a minimum,” said Gail DiSabatino, Dean of Students. “It could be more, depending on what it [the violation] is, but that’s any violation of the intake processes.” Charges were based on alleged actions of brothers during the intake process. Brothers were charged with violating six sections of the IFC Hazing Policy and were found responsible for violating three of those sections. Sections regarding hitting or physical threats, creation of fatigue or forced participation in calisthenics, and “any other activity which is not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or policy and regulations of Georgia Tech” were among the proven violations. “There was an allegation of a hit. The IFC Judicial Board found that the lowest level of that occurred. They said that it was maybe meant to create mild intimidation at the most. That’s what they established evidence of.... They had established that coerced calisthenics had occurred.... They [KAPsi] were irresponsible in doing what their intake process required.... The group was found to be interacting in ways they weren’t supposed to be,” said Dean DiSabatino. Allegations the fraternity was not held responsible for include the following from the IFC policy: “late work sessions... that interfere with scholastic activities,” “deprivation of normal sleep,” and “any dangerous activity,” which includes “physically threatening activities” such as “long swims, jumping from high places, and blindfolding.” KAPsi brothers were also found guilty of a Fraternity Conduct Code infraction. The violated section of the code states “I will challenge all my fraternity members to abide by these fraternity expectations and will confront and/or report those who violate them.” Other sanctions that immediately affect the fraternity will require attendance of all enrolled brothers at the Fall 2000 IFC hazing seminar and co-sponsorship of hazing related educational programs during each of the Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 Semesters. The chapter also must designate a Membership Intake Coordinator each semester, who will be responsible for planning intake, establishing guidelines, and creating intake timelines jointly with the Greek Affairs Coordinator. “Kappa Alpha Psi intake process guidelines, Executive Orders, Georgia Tech and IFC policies, must be followed to the letter in any future intake processes,” stated a letter from Assistant Dean of Students Bill Barnes to the Polemarch of the chapter. “Given the history of the chapter with intake/hazing issues, any future violation will demonstrate a lack of ability and/or intent to follow the rules that have been established for intake.”

According to the letter, the Interfraternity Judicial Board said that “The fact that brothers have therefore conspired to produce a uniform and false front leads the Judicial Board to believe that there might be a more serious form of hazing taking place... it is necessary that future consequences be outlined immediately for any future hazing violations, and that these consequences be severe enough to deter dangerous behavior.”

“The brothers’ statements were consistent between IFC and UJC [Undergraduate Judiciary Cabinet],” said Dean DiSabatino. Taped evidence from hearings in each body is admissible in the other.

The events that led to hazing allegations were not associated with a “pledge period.” Rather, the events occurred outside of the regulated intake process for KAPsi.

“African-American Greek processes differ than the other Greek chapters in a few ways, and one of those is that there is a very limited period of time that they’re interacting as prospective members; there’s not really a ‘pledgeship’ period,” stated DiSabatino. “Students conduct an informational meeting quite often... this group goes specifically goes straight from an application phase to an interview, and then after the interview, they go to a day-long event with alumni present, and then they’re brothers. There’s no pledge period. These things happened outside of that.”

49 posted on 01/30/2007 8:32:08 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Locomotive Breath
Some more reports:

U. of South Alabama punishes Kappa Alpha Psi for hazing (Jan. 2006)

Kappa Alpha Psi scandal deepens - Fraternity members SGA Vice President Will Lewis and Senate Pro-tem Jamion Burney resign from their posts amid controversy

Three indicted in Kappa Alpha Psi hazing incident [Univ. of South Alabama] - Sep. 2006

Former Kappa Alpha Psi house to be demolished [Univ. of South Alabama] - Jan. 2006

50 posted on 01/30/2007 8:47:20 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Locomotive Breath
BTW, the TKE Fraternity at Univ. of South Alabama was also indefinitely suspended, so at least the univ. officials are being even-handed in the application of the rules.

TAU KAPPA EPSILON INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED Second on-campus fraternity is investigated for hazing allegations in past 12 months [Univ. of South Alabama] Jan. 2007

The Nu Mu chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been suspended from the University of South Alabama campus pending an investigation into hazing allegations. Sources indicate a student sustained a ruptured spleen that could be related to the hazing incident and recently has undergone surgery in Birmingham because of this injury.

According to a press release issued by the University Friday afternoon, the suspension came after fraternity members reported that physical abuse was being perpetrated on newer members of the group by some older members, which is in violation of USA's anti-hazing policies. The TKE national organization has also suspended the chapter.

Details of TKE hazing incident surface

University of South Alabama police are remaining tight-lipped when it comes to the investigation of the Nu Mu chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) and the hazing activities in which that fraternity allegedly engaged.

Johnny Noel, a detective with the USA police force, told The Vanguard that the investigation could be a "months-long" process. A Jan. 10 campus police report indicated that TKE brothers used a wooden paddle and fists to beat Christopher Mims, a pledge, so badly that it ruptured Mims' spleen. According to the report, the injury was sustained after repeated blows to his midsection area.

University officials have conducted an investigation to find the true nature of the incident, and some officials feel that the allegations are completely out of character for this particular fraternity.

USA Vice President of Student Affairs Dale Adams told the Press-Register that TKE is the "goody-two-shoes" fraternity on campus, and USA Greek Adviser Emily Ulmer pointed out that TKE maintains the highest grade point average of any other fraternity on campus.

But that's where the discussion of the incident ends. USA Police Chief Normand Gamache refused to comment on the investigation for fear of tainting it, only saying that it will take so long because they want to be "very thorough." Noel also refused to comment any further on the matter.

55 posted on 01/30/2007 9:11:51 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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