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Spring 2013

 

Phi Kappa Psi Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received a confidential report through this (hazing.cornell.edu) website on April 11, 2013 that indicated the chapter new members were required to continue the fraternity's pledge process beyond the university initiation deadline. New members were required to memorize historical information and recite the information for the brotherhood, and were asked to participate in a weekend-long-tradition in which they lead their friends and families to believe they will be hazed. Additionally, the chapter violated the terms of the Interim Suspension put in place on April 12, 2013.

Outcome: Effective on June 4, 2013, the University placed the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on provisional recognition status, which is a probational status, for a period of no less than one calendar year. The chapter will work closely with the international fraternity and the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living staff and their alumni to conduct appropriate educational programming and to develop an appropriate new member orientation process. 

The fraternity will appear before the University Fraternity and Sorority Review Board in one year to assess performance and determine continued recognition.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in Fall semester 2013 and January 2014 new member recruitment activities while on Provisional Recognition status, but as a condition of the Review Board's decision, the chapter will lose one day of formal recruitment in January 2014.

Chi Psi Fraternity Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living, received a report from this (hazing.cornell.edu) website that new members of Chi Psi Fraternity, during the Spring 2013 semester, were hazed by the members of the fraternity. Activities included menial tasks, including chores and other duties, which went above and beyond those expected of the general membership; favors for members, such as driving services; they were expected to spend a large amount of time in the basement of the house, where they sometimes ate meals, slept on hard surfaces, and were subjected to repeated loud music; and they were required to walk backward when going up stairs.  The new members were required to travel to Chi Psi chapters on other campuses where they were demeaned and exposed to mentally/emotionally abusive treatment, including being pressured to consume a concoction of beer and pickle juice meant to mislead them to believe it was urine.

Outcome: Effective on May 17, 2013, the University, through the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board, placed the Chi Psi Fraternity on provisional recognition status, which is a probational status, for a period of no less than four calendar years. Additionally, the chapter will work closely with the international fraternity and the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living staff and their alumni to conduct appropriate educational programming and to develop an appropriate new member orientation process.

The fraternity will appear before the University Fraternity and Sorority Review Board in one year to assess performance and determine continued recognition.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in Fall semester 2013 and January 2014 new member recruitment activities while on Provisional Recognition status, but as a condition of the Review Board's decision, the chapter will lose one day of formal recruitment in January 2014.

Delta Phi Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received an anonymous report from this (hazing.cornell.edu) website on March 1, 2013, regarding the Delta Phi fraternity which had orchestrated an activity involving students becoming new members of the fraternity, and a few current members. The activity was described as a "safari" in which the participants ran around the exterior of the house looking for characters placed in the yard while being sprayed periodically with a garden hose and yelled at by the organizers. This activity took place under winter weather-like conditions.

Outcome: Effective April 27, 2013, the Greek Judicial Board placed the Delta Phi fraternity on disciplinary probation for a period of one calendar year. Additionally, the chapter will work closely with the international fraternity and the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living staff and their alumni to conduct appropriate educational programming and to develop an appropriate new member orientation process.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in Fall semester 2013 and January 2014 new member recruitment activities while on Disciplinary Probation, but as a condition of the Greek Judicial Board's decision, the chapter will lose one day of formal recruitment in January 2014.

Lambda Theta Phi Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received an anonymous report from this (hazing.cornell.edu) website on Feb. 6, 2013, regarding the Lambda Theta Phi fraternity events that occurred on Nov. 4, 2012.  The allegations of hazing involved "line-ups", not allowing new members to use public transportation, requiring uniforms to be worn at all times, forcing new members to shave their heads, and limiting the contact new members were allowed to have with people outside of the fraternity.
 
Outcome: Effective on April 16, 2013, the Greek Judicial Board issued a Disciplinary Warning to the Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity. Additionally, the chapter will work closely with the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living staff to develop an appropriate member intake orientation program.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in Fall semester 2013 and January 2014 new member intake activities.

Sigma Lambda Upsilon Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received a report from an anonymous person(s) on February 6, 2013, regarding Sigma Lambda Upsilon and activities taking place during the fall 2012 semester. The reporter alleged that the new member process ended 8 days after the initiation deadline. Additionally, the report claimed that the new members weren't allowed to wash their hair, do anything "beauty-related," wear anything except an agreed-upon uniform, or socialize outside of academic related activities.

Outcome: Effective on April 14, 2013, the Greek Judicial Board issued a Disciplinary Warning to the Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority as a result of incidents that occurred in the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013. Additionally, the chapter will work closely with the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living staff to develop an appropriate member intake orientation program.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in Fall semester 2013 and January 2014 new member intake activities.

Sigma Nu Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living received an anonymous report from this (hazing.cornell.edu) website on February 23, 2013, regarding an e-mail sent by Sigma Nu fraternity to their new members. The e-mail explained to the new members that there was an internal difference of opinion among the current membership regarding the date the new members would be officially initiated, some believing it should be immediately, but thwarted by an internal vote which meant they would continue following a "pledge" process, and it was unclear when it would end. 

The email continues with language implying that the process ahead will be difficult and is likely to contain hazing activities run by the senior class. It goes so far to give them specific instructions of when to be at the fraternity house, that they are wait outside and bring with them various objects including a "jock strap, towel, change of clothes, running shoes, warm clothes, and boots."  A separate part of the email instructs them to buy an old suit from the Salvation Army for an activity they would participate in at the fraternity house the following night. The instructions were specific that they should "not wear anything valuable."

Because this information was shared prior to the start of the listed activities, appropriate intervention was made on the part of the University, National Fraternity and Alumni.

Outcome: Effective on April 7, 2013, the Greek Judicial Board issued a Disciplinary Warning to the Sigma Nu Fraternity as a result of an incident that occurred in the Spring semester of 2013 determined to be a form of psychological hazing. Additionally, the chapter will work closely with the International Fraternity and the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living staff and alumni to conduct appropriate educational programming and to develop an appropriate new member orientation process.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in Fall semester 2013 and January 2014 new member recruitment activities.


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