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Sanctioned Greek organizations seek redemption on the road back to campus

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Collegiate Times

For the over 4,000 students who are involved in the more than 50 Virginia Tech-recognized fraternity and sorority chapters, academic achievement can be enriched and social connections can be deepened.

What happens when one of these organizations breaks a rule set by the university or their national headquarters, breaks a law, or just does something distasteful?

As of the 2016 spring semester, three fraternities are currently not recognized by the university while they serve a loss of recognition for violations of the Student Code of Conduct: Delta Kappa Epsilon (lost recognition in 2011), Kappa Sigma (lost recognition in 2015) and Sigma Phi Epsilon (whose organization’s charter was revoked by its national headquarters in 2013 and consequently is not recognized by Virginia Tech). Kappa Delta Rho recently had its recognition status revoked, though this decision is currently being appealed.

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One Year Later: Examining Greek Life at Penn State after the Kappa Delta Rho case

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By Morganne Mallon and Erin McCarthy | The Daily Collegian

On March 17, 2015, a local crime story suddenly transformed into a national headline, calling it another example of fraternities behaving badly. Members of the now-disbanded Kappa Delta Rho fraternity were found to have operated a private Facebook page containing photos of naked, unconscious women that had been taken by members, as well as evidence of hazing and drug distribution.

Now, one year after the initial shock of the case, tempers have cooled and memory of the events have faded from the collective conscience of the university community.

“For a while there, this was the big hot topic. Now we’ve moved on to something else,” said Lt. Keith Robb of the State College Police Department. “I’m sure it hasn’t stopped [at fraternities]. We’re just not looking at it anymore. The media isn’t looking at it anymore, but it’s always there.”

As of now, no one will be prosecuted in the case.

Click here to read the full story at The Daily Collegian


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DA: 3 Charged Following “No Gay Thursday” Hazing At Chester County High School

By Jim Melwert

TREDYFFRIN Twp., Pa. (CBS) — District Attorney Tom Hogan calls this a simple case of ignorance, violence and what he calls a shocking lack of supervision.

It involves players of Conestoga High School’s varsity football team, and a hazing tradition, for lack of a better term, that was known as “no-gay Thursday.”

“No gay Thursday,” according to Hogan, meant things that would normally be considered gay, were not gay when done by upperclassmen to underclassmen in the locker-room.

Examples include a senior walking up behind a underclassman and putting his genitals on the younger player’s head; a freshman being forced to undress an upperclassman, or underclassmen being forced to strip to their underwear and clean the locker-room.

Click here to read full article at CBS Philly


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3 seniors charged with hazing freshman on ‘No Gay Thursday’


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Conestoga High football players charged in ‘No Gay Thursday’ assault

By John Kopp
PhillyVoice Staff

Three Conestoga High School football players are facing juvenile charges for allegedly assaulting a freshman teammate during a weekly hazing ritual dubbed “No Gay Thursday.”

Three senior football players, including a team captain, allegedly penetrated another player with a broomstick after he refused to help other underclassmen clean the team locker room while wearing just their underwear, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan announced Friday.

“The kids knew the locker room was theirs. As anybody who has ever dealt with teenage boys, you know you can’t leave them unsupervised in a group. They are capable of doing sometimes stupid things, sometimes terrible things.” – Thomas Hogan, Chester County DA

The alleged 14-year-old victim, 5-foot-7 and about 160 pounds, was held down by two larger football players – one 6-foot-2, 260 pounds and the other 6-foot-0, 180 pounds – as he attempted to leave the locker room, Hogan said. One of the seniors allegedly ordered another senior to retrieve a broom and shove it up the boy’s rectum.

The senior obliged, Hogan said, and no one came to the victim’s rescue as he screamed in pain. The team’s coaches were not present, Hogan said, noting their offices are located down the hall from the locker room.

Click here to read the full article at Philly Voice


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Penn State hazing case could be heard in Dauphin County under judge’s new order

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By Megan Trimble

A former Penn State fraternity brother has lost his bid to keep his hazing lawsuit against the national organization and the university in Philadelphia County.

Read more at PennLive.com


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KDR Whistleblower Arguing ‘Penn State Lives Here’ To Keep KDR Case Out Of Centre County

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BY  ON

This time last year, James Vivenzio was working with State College police to help them uncover Kappa Delta Rho’s private Facebook pages that contained evidence to assault, hazing, and drug use. Now he’s working to sue the University.

Vivenzio and his attorney filed a document on January 6 to have the case against Penn State heard in Philadelphia instead of Centre County, like the University wants.

Read more at OnwardState.com 


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Schools knew of trouble before student deaths

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(CNN)  Nolan Burch‘s parents didn’t know what West Virginia University knew — that the fraternity their son was pledging had a history of bad behavior and was about to lose its charter.

Tucker Hipps’ parents didn’t know what Clemson University knew — that there were an unprecedented number of fraternity violations happening in the weeks their son pledged.

And Marquise Braham’s parents didn’t know what they say Penn State University allegedly knew — that there were concerns about their son’s well-being in the days leading up to his suicide.

All three sets of parents now believe they were kept in the dark by institutions they trusted to care for their sons.

Read more at CNN


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Exclusive pictures of Police investigation into WKU’s swim team

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By Natalie Martinez

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WAVE) – Western Kentucky University is being sued after a hazing scandal that shut down the school’s swim team.

According to court documents, the lawsuit pertains to violations under Title IX, Educational Amendments, Sex Discrimination.

The demand is $75,000, the court documents show plus punitive damages.

Last January, 18-year-old Collin Craig filed a complaint with WKU alleging hazing, including incidents of sexual assault. Three swim coaches were fired and the university decided to shut down the swim program for five years.

Read more at Wave3 News


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PSU, Frat Seek to Move Hazing Suit to Centre County

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By, Max Mitchell

Penn State and other defendants in a hazing suit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas are seeking to transfer the case to Centre County.

The university, along with the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, was sued in April by James Vivenzio over allegedly allowing extreme hazing practices, including “force-feeding [fraternity pledges] bucketfuls of liquor mixed with urine,” to occur.  Read more at The Legal Intelligencer

 


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