Organization: Delta Gamma Panhellenic Council chapter
Description: The OFSA received the following reports from the hazing website regarding Delta Gamma Sorority on 11/24/08 and another on 12/9/08 regarding an event that took place between senior members of Delta Gamma and the 2008 new member class in an apartment located in Collegetown occupied by members of Delta Gamma. The 2008 new members of Delta Gamma were lured into attending the event by being told they had to attend a meeting to discuss recruitment. The 2008 new members were blindfolded and taken to a house in Collegetown where they experienced activities that violate the University’s Anti-Hazing Policy, which included intimidation, aggressive alcohol consumption, verbal abuse, and skits. At the end of the event, some of the new members were taken back to the chapter house. Several of these women had so much to drink they were vomiting. Some were reported as barely coherent, and unable to care for themselves. An ambulance did respond to the chapter house, and EMTs evaluated several 2008 new members for their level of intoxication. The 2008 new members were not transported and were left in the care of friends.
Outcome: The University and Greek community view this behavior as a clear violation of both the Anti-Hazing policy, and the Fraternity and Sorority Expectations for Membership. The events described are exceptionally dangerous, threaten both the physical and mental wellbeing of those involved, and are found to be completely unacceptable. Therefore, in order to rehabilitate the members of the chapter, and to appropriately respond to these behaviors we have mutually agreed to the following sanctions, which are consistent with the outcomes of similar violations in the recent past:
- The chapter will conduct a retreat, to be facilitated by someone with experience, which will include discussions on the following topics: positive sisterhood, appropriate and positive new member education. The retreat should include all members and be designed to welcome the newest members in a positive atmosphere. This retreat must be approved by the National Executive Office and the OFSA prior to the date which it occurs. Must be completed by April 30, 2009.
- The chapter must present a detailed new member education plan, making use of the Delta Gamma National models available. Which will be implemented for the Spring 2009 semester. The plan must be approved by the National Executive Office and OFSA. Must be completed by January 16, 2009.
- The chapter will sponsor, or co-sponsor an anti-hazing/pro-sisterhood workshop for the community. Must be completed by February 15, 2009.
- The chapter will participate in the University compliance program as a result of hazing activity. Must be completed no later than February 1, 2009.
- The chapter will review internal policies and procedures to determine ways in which it can prevent this kind of activity in the future. Must be completed by February 15, 2009.
- The chapter president must meet with the OFSA Panhellenic Advisor at least once each month to discuss progress, through December 2009.
- The chapter is given 4 weeks of social probation, to end February 16, 2009.
- The chapter is placed on Disciplinary Probation, effective immediately, and to conclude May 31, 2011.