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Spring 2012

 

Phi Sigma Sigma Panhellenic Council chapter

Description: On January 27, 2012 the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received a report from Residential Programs of a conversation with a resident. A resident, who was joining Phi Sigma Sigma, had reported concerns over what she was told. She reported that the women in the new member class were all told they need to wear make-up and dress up at all times because they are new on campus and need to uphold a reputation. Then the sisters went on to tell the women they should go to the gym to stay in shape. At some point one pledge was singled out and suggested that she lose weight by the current sisters.  The resident who was pledging was irritated and upset by the treatment.

Outcome: The chapter has been found to be in violation of the University Anti-Hazing Policy during an Informal Hearing, and as a result:

  • Phi Sigma Sigma addressed body image concerns through the NPC "Reflections" training program and recommended that the conversation about healthy body image and ending implicit hazing continue throughout the year.
  • It was suggested to the chapter's executive board that they identify the members who made the comments about new members' appearance and respond through the chapter's internal judicial system.
  • It was also suggested that the new member educator to be particularly observant of new members who have been affected by social pressure and reach out to them accordingly.

Alpha Epsilon Pi Interfraternity Council Chapter

Description: On January 26, 2012 the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity at Cornell instructed those students participating in their new member education program to meet members in front of a University building at 9:00PM and to wear formal wear. Upon arrival they were instructed by the members of the fraternity to remove their neckties and to use them to blindfold themselves. They were placed in cars and driven around for approximately 30 minutes in what felt to the reporter in a reckless manner and at high rates of speed with sudden braking. Meanwhile music was being played at a very high volume and the new members were spoken to harshly and instructed to remain silent by the fraternity members. Some new members reported feeling nauseous due to the blindfolded car-ride. When the car stopped, they were placed into another car, and the process was repeated.They eventually ended at the fraternity house, where they were formally inducted into the fraternity. They were told repeatedly by various members that it was Okay to vomit, 8 out of 12 new members who experienced the event in the previous years had. 

Outcome: The chapter has been found to be in violation of the University Anti-Hazing Policy.  The Greek Judicial Board determined this to be a level 2 hazing violation, and as a result:

  • The chapter will receive one (1) year of Disciplinary Probation; Defined as a period of serious warning that if the chapter is found responsible for any other infractions during this time it will result in more serious  sanctions, up-to and including the possibility of losing University Recognition.
  • The chapter was also required to work with the Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity staff to revamp their new member education process, removing any and all elements that would be considered hazing or otherwise inappropriate. This new plan had to be approved by the Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity and the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living.
  • The incident is to be published on this website.

Sigma Chi Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: On March 28, 2012 the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Cornell instructed one of their new members to dress up as Mark Sanchez (The New York Jets Quarterback) and sign autographs in the Collegetown area of Ithaca. 

Outcome: The chapter has been found to be in violation of the University Anti-Hazing Policy. The Greek Judicial Board determined this to be a level 1 hazing violation, and as a result:

  • The chapter received an official warning.
  • The incident is to be published to this website. 

Sigma Chi Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: On April 5, 2012 the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received a report from a parent regarding Sigma Chi Fraternity at Cornell. The Parent made the Office ware that the fraternity had continued their new member education process beyond the University established initiation deadline of April 1st in that particular semester. The son, a first-year student, had reported other concerns with the experience including being awakened in the middle of the night to come to the house, being told last week on short notice to drive brothers to Canada, and that members of the fraternity had indicated that the new members would have to dig their own graves, and spend time in a coffin, inside of the grave.

Outcome: The chapter has been found in violation of the University Anti-Hazing Policy and the University Initiation Deadline.  The Greek Judicial Board determined it to be a Level Two Hazing violation, and as a result:

  • The chapter will receive one (1) year of disciplinary probation to be fulfilled during the 2012-2013 academic year (concluding May 2013).
  • This disciplinary probation will be applied to and affect the sanctioning of any new member or intake process violation during the next year.
  • Furthermore, if the chapter is found responsible for another Level Two Hazing violation in the next 2 years, the chapter will be sent immediately to the Review Board.
  • The incident is to be published to this website.
  • The chapter is required to host an education session on anti-hazing. This event will require 80% attendance by the Sigma Chi brotherhood.

Phi Sigma Kappa Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: On April 6, 2012 the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received a CUPD report indicating that the members of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at Cornell had instructed their new members to conduct a form of a scavenger hunt.They had been interviewed at 4:16 AM after being detained by Cornell Police and found in possession of a number of random items they had purchased, with their own money, from Walmart. They also informed the officer that they are required to always have ping pong balls and condoms on their person whenever they are inside the fraternity house. They did not know what the other items were for. When asked if they will be initiated soon they stated that they are not told when initiation will be.

Outcome: The chapter has been found in violation of the University Anti-Hazing Policy and the University Initiation Deadline. The Greek Judicial Board determined it to be a Level Two Hazing violation, and as a result:

  • The chapter will be required to seek OFSIL approval of a revamped new member education manual.
  • The chapter will have to produce verification of their national organization’s mandated hazing program with chapter attendance of over 80%.
  • The incident will be published to this website.
  • The chapter will serve one (1) year (ending May 2013) of disciplinary probation.
  • If the chapter is found to commit another Level 2 Hazing infraction within the next two years (May 2014), the chapter will be sent directly to the Review Board. 

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