Organization Hazing Violations
Hazing practices are often highly guarded secrets within organizations and can thrive within that environment of secrecy. To provide increased transparency to the University community and prospective organization members while also supporting the University value of Flourishing, one component of our comprehensive hazing prevention strategy is to publish reports of hazing violations by recognized student organizations beginning in Spring 2022.
Listed by organization, the information below includes descriptions of hazing violations confirmed by the University and the associated outcomes from the investigation and sanctioning process. This information is updated no less than once a semester. Violations will remain on this page for five years.
Date of most recent update: August 1, 2022
Following bid distribution on Shake Day of fall 2021, an initiated member of Chi Psi was observed by a University employee yelling obscenities directed at a new member. In addition, the initiated member verbally encouraged the new member to consume the alcohol rapidly.
Organizational Warning: January 21, 2022 – May 15, 2022
Organization required to complete training or an educational workshop on Hazing where no less than 90% of your members and new members attend no later than
Organization required to review and update plans for New Member Education to reflect areas of concern with regards to risk, alcohol/drug use and hazing behaviors. The organization should consult their Headquarters when making updates to ensure they are in line with expectations. The New Member Education program should be on file with the Greek Life office no later than January 21, 2022.
On February 24, 2022, it was reported that Phi Gamma Delta new members were staying out late and often appeared physically exhausted, wet, dirty, and potentially intoxicated.
Through the investigation process, multiple hazing practices were identified, including new members serving as designated drivers and other personal servitude, unplanned and spontaneous late-night meetings at the chapter facility, and mandated house cleaning. Additionally, an initiated member told new members to come to their residence hall, and upon arrival, the new members were to consume alcohol provided by the initiated member.
Complete educational workshop on hazing prevention where no less than 90% of members will attend.
The executive board and new member education team will attend a facilitated conversation by the Greek Life Office or Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and create a new member education plan that aligns with both the University and Phi Gamma Delta expectations.
Membership Expectation Workshop - Chapter shall conduct a workshop focused on membership expectations, including interactions with new members. The workshop should be led by the chapter leadership and/or Alumni Advisors.
Create Membership Expectation Agreement - Upon completion of the Membership Expectation Workshop, the Chapter must work with the Purple Legionnaire (advisor) or BCA (Board of Chapter Advisors) to create a document outlining membership expectations.
Membership Signs Membership Expectation Agreement - Once the Membership Expectations Agreement is created, each member must sign the document acknowledging the expectations.
Judicial Board Review and Revision - The Chapter shall review their judicial board procedures with the Purple Legionnaire or BCA to ensure they align with Phi Gamma Delta bylaws. The Judicial process should incorporate the Membership Expectation Agreement and hold members accountable to the Agreement. The judicial board procedures and plan on how to utilize the judicial board must be reviewed by the Graduate Advisors.
New member education will last no longer than 6-weeks, and will be submitted to Phi Gamma Delta fraternity for review prior to providing Greek Life with a copy.
Chapter will provide each new member a written copy of the new member plan, to include a complete calendar with dates, times, and locations. This will be provided the first week of the new member process.
Chapter will send a message (either written or by email) to the parents/guardians of each new member. The message can contain standard parent information, but will include the Fraternity’s stance on hazing as well as the name and contact information of the Chapter President, Graduate/Alumni Advisors, and Headquarters staff.
Following bid distribution on Shake Day of fall 2021, chapter members instructed new members to form a single file line, hold hands with the individuals to their front and back, and walk around campus linked together. Additionally, new members were instructed to position their upper bodies close to their feet and low to the ground while continuing to walk in this position. Chapter leadership was present, located at the front and back of the line communicating commands.
In April 2022, the university received information alleging that Sigma Nu participated in harmful hazing activities throughout the new member process. A joint investigation between Sigma Nu Fraternity and the university confirmed the allegations outlined below. New members were to participate in physical exercises such as calisthenics twice a week. The calisthenic activities took place in the basement of the chapter facility. Other hazing activities include new members consuming milk followed by a jog on campus. In addition, personal servitude, a new member dress code that did not apply to all members, cleaning of the chapter facility, and a House Appreciation Week were determined to be fraternity practices. House Appreciation Week consisted of as many as seven nights where new members were to be at the fraternity facility around the clock – except for class and athletic commitments. Additionally, there was at least one "Info Night" where new members were called upon to recite information about members and other things.
INTERIM ACTION: *After receiving the allegations of hazing, Sigma Nu Fraternity Headquarters issued interim action for all new member activities, pending a full investigation. The interim suspension for new member activities was in response to possible violations of the Fraternity’s Risk Reduction Policy and to the Law of Sigma Nu Fraternity. The university supported this by issuing official communication to the chapter leadership and alumni advisor.
Organization Probation: June 6, 2022 – June 6, 2023
Organization Warning: June 7, 2022 – December 7, 2023
Restriction on Events with Alcohol: June 6, 2022 - January 1, 2023
The chapter president will read the full outcome letter to the chapter at a meeting with at least 90% of members in attendance.
Chapter must create a risk reduction plan focusing on how the chapter will adhere to Sigma Nu and University requirements for - at a minimum - alcohol and other drugs, hazing prevention, and event management.
Chapter will complete Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) and requires attendance from 90% of all members.
Chapter will complete an educational hazing prevention program. The chapter leadership should work with the Director of Greek Life to host an educational program on hazing prevention. The program must include 100% attendance of all members.
The chapter president, new member educator, and any members of the new member education team including the LEAD Chairman must complete new member education coaching with the Director of Greek Life and a representative from Sigma Nu Fraternity.
The chapter must complete a tradition audit to evaluate chapter traditions for their adherence to chapter, Fraternity, and University values and expectations.
The chapter must comply with the requirements outlined by Sigma Nu Fraternity, including the membership review and alumni board of receivers. The chapter will work with the Fraternity to provide to the University a copy of any agreements signed by members, an updated roster of all members after the review, and contact information for alumni serving as members of the receivership committee.
During Shake Day of spring 2022, new members had paint and glitter on their faces and were pressured to consume alcohol. Throughout Shake Day, members were witnessed walking up to new members instructing them to “chug” and having the word “chug” written on their cups. During this time, new members were made to wear yellow rubber gloves, baby bibs with the phrase “TeaKup” painted on their bodies, and other unusual items.
Additionally, new members were required to sing a modified chant, “I’m a little teacup[…],” which featured inappropriate and degrading phrasing. The language in the chant visibly made others uncomfortable. Throughout the day, new members were instructed to perform the chant at each fraternity on campus.
Additional findings revealed that new members were required to identify the last person they kissed or had engaged in sexual relations with by adding the individual’s initials to their social media accounts. In addition, new members were required to clean up the chapter facility regularly and perform personal servitude for members. Members also restricted new members’ clothing and makeup colors.
Organization Probation: April 15, 2022 – December 15, 2022
Organization Warning: December 16, 2022 – May 14, 2023
Restriction of Events with Alcohol: April 15, 2022 - October 1, 2022
Complete Hazing Prevention Workshop with 90% attendance required.
New Member Education Team will meet monthly with the Greek Life Office in accordance with the following:
The chapter takes new members during the fall 2022 semester (August – November)
The chapter does not take new members during the fall 2022 semester (February – April 2023)
Executive Board and New Member Education Team participate in a facilitated conversation by the Greek Life Office and create a new member education before spring 2023 recruitment.
In January of 2022, Student Life received information describing incidents of alleged hazing that took place the previous year. In response to the allegations, an investigation was conducted and determined that hazing practices were present. Personal servitude took place, consisting of initiated members asking new members for rides or to run errands, such as picking up packages from the post office. On one occasion, new members were to balance books on their heads while being asked the name of their favorite Disney princess. Additionally, the chapter facilitated a tradition of restricting access to personal hygiene for one week.
Probation: April 4, 2022 - December 15, 2022
Organization is required to complete an educational training on hazing prevention with 90% of members in attendance.
The chapter executive board and new member education team will attend a facilitated conversation by the Greek Life Office and will review and update the chapter's plans for new member education to reflect areas of concern.