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Fall 2012

 

Alpha Epsilon Phi Panhellenic Council chapter

Description: On October 19, 2012, the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board convened to consider continued University Recognition of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority. Specifically, the Board reviewed alleged incidents involving the chapter, and/or the actions of students affiliated with the chapter, which occurred over the last several months.

The Review board found the following to be true based on the preponderance of the evidence: An activity referred to as "rotational(s)" did occur during the spring 2012 semester at off campus houses/apartments occupied by members of Alpha Epsilon Phi which was designed to create bonding opportunities for older members of the sorority to get to know the new members. The event included activities which the Board considers hazing and included expected alcohol consumption, and interactions that are considered by a reasonable person to be embarrassing or intimidating. These events, "rotational(s)" were also planned for the fall 2012 semester, when a member reported the activities through the hazing.cornell.edu confidential reporting mechanism.

Outcome: The chapter has been found in violation of the Anti-Hazing Policy, and therefore not in compliance with the Fraternity and Sorority Recognition Policy. As a result:

  • The chapter was placed on Provisional Recognition status for a period of no less than 2-years. The chapter will meet again with the Review Board in October 2013 and present their progress at that time.
  • The chapter will work closely with the international headquarters staff to design and implement a total membership development program. The program will begin with an orientation of new members, and must clearly articulate how the chapter will offer continuous learning opportunities for members based on their developmental needs (OFSIL, AEPhi HQ can help define). 
  • The new member orientation program must be approved by the international organization and alumni advisor prior to being submitted to the OFSIL. The chapter must have OFSIL approval prior to the start of the program. 
  • The national organization must provide an on-campus staff presence for the 2013 recruitment and new member orientation periods in order to observe compliance with rules and advise the women on the proper implementation of their plan, and official sorority ritual and education.
  • The chapter will work with the OFSIL and HQ to design a calendar of educational programs the chapter will host for members specific to alcohol awareness and abuse prevention, and hazing. In collaboration with the OFSIL and HQ, the number of events, and attendance requirements, will be determined.

Phi Sigma Kappa Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: The Fraternity and Sorority Review Board convened on January 11, 2013 to discuss the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity's compliance with the expectations and requirements of the University's Fraternity and Sorority Recognition Policy, including two separate incidents of students being transported to the hospital for alcohol illness after imbibing at the Phi Sigma Kappa house, and one hazing related incident.

The Chapter held a social event on December 2, 2012 that was registered with the IFC as an alcohol free social.  Later that night two female students required medical attention; one due to her level of intoxication, contributing to a fall, reportedly at the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity House located on University Ave.; the other was transported to the hospital for alcohol related illness after imbibing at the Phi Kappa Sigma House.

The chapter officers tried to manage the event by the rules, but were unable to due to a lack of commitment on the part of the members assisting. While they did not know specifics, they admitted that alcohol, including hard liquor, was being made available to party guests in the upstairs private living areas of the house by individual members. Eyewitness reports confirm a significant number of freshmen men and women in attendance of this event, and being provided alcohol.

On March 31, 2012 Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity provided alcohol to at least two female guests, who were later found intoxicated by CUPD.  The women were both evaluated by EMS, one woman was transported to the hospital for alcohol related illness.  Both women were provided alcohol, including hard liquor (vodka).  The chapter indicated to the Greek Judicial Board that they had lost control of the event, as it was not supposed to be as large as it became.

On April 6, 2012 at approximately 4:00 AM, CUPD came to interact with (4) four students who were joining Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. They were driving back to campus after being sent on a scavenger hunt. These activities occurred after the University Initiation Deadline (April 1, 2012).  The Greek Judicial Board found the chapter responsible for a Level 2 Hazing Offense.

Outcome: The members of the Board found the chapter was not in compliance with the Fraternity and Sorority Recognition Policy. As a result:

  • The University withdraws University Recognition immediately, per the Cornell University Recognition Policy for Fraternities and Sororities, for a period of no less than one year.
  • The chapter may request recognition after October 31, 2013. If the request is approved, the Chapter will be granted Provisional Recognition status for a period of no less than two calendar years.

Tau Epsilon Phi Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: The Fraternity and Sorority Review Board convened on December 17, 2012 to discuss the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity's compliance with the expectations and requirements of the University's Fraternity and Sorority Recognition Policy. The following was determined:

A hazing incident occurred on October 21, 2012 at the Tau Epsilon Phi House, located at 306 Highland Rd., Cayuga Heights, NY. Three sophomore students engaged in the fraternity's pledge process were required by full members to consume a large quantity of alcohol, including hard alcohol, before participating in a sexually humiliating, mentally abusive, and physically dangerous activity (i.e., requiring them to remove all clothing except their underwear and then perform an activity during which the underwear could be forcibly torn off). During the night two of the three students began to exhibit signs of an alcohol related illness and physical distress. The chapter President, who was studying on campus, was contacted and asked to return to the house. Upon arrival, he assessed the situation and immediately contacted 9-1-1 to provide medical help to the students in distress

Outcome: The Board finds that the chapter has failed to fulfill all of the expectations and requirements of the Recognition Policy.  As a result:

  • The University withdraws University Recognition immediately, per the Cornell University Recognition Policy for Fraternities and Sororities, for a period of no less than(4) four-years.
  • The chapter house must be vacated by current occupants and all members of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity following the Spring 2013 semester.
  • If Recognition is requested and approved at any point following the four-year period, the Chapter would remain on Provisional Recognition status for a period of no less than two calendar years.

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