Category Archives: Greek Life

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Eight LSU Students Are Arrested Over Fraternity Pledge’s Death

Eight arrest warrants have been issued for students who are Phi Delta Theta fraternity members at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in connection with the death last month of a freshman pledge, according to an LSU news release.

The freshman, Maxwell Gruver, died after participating in a fraternity drinking game and consuming alcohol “in excess,” The Advocate reported. An LSU investigation found that Phi Delta Theta’s pledges had been asked questions about the fraternity and had been forc…

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Southern Methodist U. Suspends Fraternity for Alleged Hazing

Southern Methodist University has suspended a fraternity that allegedly hazed new members, forcing them to wear clothing that was covered in vomit and paddling them, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In a letter sent to parents of students on Wednesday, the university said it had found evidence that the Beta Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha deprived members of sleep and forced them to eat peppers and onions and drink milk until they vomited, the Morning News reported. The investigation was the…

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Penn State Fraternity Is Suspended After Student Is Found Unconscious

Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday suspended the Delta Tau Delta fraternity after a student suspected of drinking there was found unconscious and was hospitalized, according to the Associated Press.

The 18-year-old male student was found unconscious in a State College street by the local police in late September. He is now recovering, said Lisa Powers, a university spokeswoman.

The suspension of Delta Tau Delta followed the death of a freshman, Timothy Piazza, at another fraternity’s in…

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Cornell U. Announces Steps After Apparent Hate Crime

Cornell University is taking steps to “be a more equitable, inclusive, and welcoming university” after a student was hospitalized in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime, Martha E. Pollack, the university’s president, said in a written statement on Sunday.

On Friday a black student was physically assaulted and called racial slurs. One student was arrested in the incident, and several others, allegedly from a “currently unaffiliated fraternity” (Psi Upsilon), may have also been inv…

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Serious Charges Are Dismissed for Penn State Fraternity Members in Pledge’s Death

A judge on Friday dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault against eight Pennsylvania State University fraternity members, who still face various other charges related to the death of Timothy Piazza following an initiation event, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

In May, 18 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity were charged for not helping Mr. Piazza in February after he consumed toxic amounts of alcohol during a fraternity initiation ceremony, and suffered several…

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Family Settles Suit Against Clemson U. in Fraternity Pledge’s Death

The family of a Clemson University fraternity pledge who died three years ago has agreed to settle its lawsuit against the university, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and several of its members, the Independent Mail reported.

Tucker Hipps, a 19-year-old sophomore, was found dead in Lake Hartwell after going on a pledge run with about 30 members of the fraternity. His parents say they believe his death was a result of hazing.

Cindy and Gary Hipps settled their lawsuit — which sought $25 milli…

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Jury Awards Damages to Fraternity That Sued Wesleyan Over Mandate to Go Coed

A state-court jury in Connecticut on Thursday sided with a fraternity whose house was closed by Wesleyan University in the fall of 2015 after the fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, resisted complying with a university mandate to admit women, The Hartford Courant reported.

The case is not over, though. While Thursday’s verdict, by a jury in Middlesex County Superior Court, awards damages of $386,000 to the fraternity’s alumni chapter, it does not automatically reopen the fraternity house. It do…

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8 Fraternity Members Are Charged With Manslaughter in Hazing Death at Penn State

Eighteen members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University have been criminally charged for failing to help a pledge who died in February after consuming toxic levels of alcohol during an initiation ceremony and suffering a series of falls.

ABC News reported that eight of the fraternity members and the chapter itself were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Others were charged with aggravated and simple assault, evidence tampering, alcohol-related violations, and hazing…

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Penn State’s President Warns Fraternities and Sororities to Shape Up

Are we “witnessing the beginning of the end of Greek life” at Pennsylvania State University? Many administrators and trustees are wondering if that will be the case, Eric J. Barron, the university’s president, says in a bluntly worded open letter to fraternity and sorority members.

In the letter, published Monday on his blog, Mr. Barron notes that the problems of binge drinking and campus sexual assault are national in scope, yet his tone seems exasperated and at times despairing as he writes th…

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After a Student Dies, Penn State Bans a Fraternity and Liquor at All Greek Houses

Pennsylvania State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity after a student died, and announced a sweeping set of measures designed to crack down on what officials described as “growing evidence of problems” related to hazing, alcohol abuse, and drug use in Greek life. The actions included a ban on hard liquor at all fraternities.

The university shut down Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity where Timothy Piazza, 19, fell down a set of stairs last month and died the next morning. Damon S…