Below are the reports of Cornell hazing violations that occurred during the indicated academic year. To read the details, simply click on the name of the group, team, or organization below and open the corresponding report.

Fall 2018

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council chapter

Description

The Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life received a report that hazing involving Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. occurred in the spring semester of 2017 and the spring semester of 2018. An investigation found that Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. members (including an alumni member) had engaged in hazing of new members that included the following behaviors:

  • Standing underneath a cold shower and reciting memorized information while wearing only underwear; sleeping in the wet underwear following the shower.
  • Standing in a line repeating memorized information in unison, at times for multiple hours.
  • Performing calisthenics (e.g., push-ups) for extended periods as a penalty for incorrectly answering questions about memorized information.
  • Performing a “trust fall” in which new members were blindfolded and pushed backwards down a few stairs before being caught.
  • Taking daily trips for a week to a city 2.5 hours away from campus. 
  • Loss of individuality by, for example, being referred to only by labels such as “Conquistador #1.”
  • “Social probation” in which new members were not allowed to use social media or socialize with friends. 
  • Not being allowed to walk on grass.

Outcome

The Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Review Board found the chapter responsible for hazing, and the University withdrew Recognition of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., for a period of no less than three years. If Recognition is requested and approved pursuant to the applicable university policy or procedure in place at any point following the three-year period, the Chapter would remain on Probationary Recognition for a period of one calendar year. Such Probationary Recognition may include other specific limitations to the chapter’s recognition status as may be deemed appropriate at that time.