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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(lost recognition in 2011), Kappa Sigma (lost recognition in 2015) and Sigma Phi Epsilon (whose organization’s charter was revoked by its national headquarters in 2013 and consequently is not recognized by Virginia Tech).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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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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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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Fresno State suspends Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity for hazing activity

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Fresno State said in a statement that the fraternity has been placed on suspension for two years for conduct violations involving hazing activity and serving alcohol to minors during the spring 2015 semester.  Read more at ABC30.com..


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Plaintiff in Penn State Hazing Suit, Lawyers Tour Frat House

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AP logoA former Penn State student who is suing over alleged hazing toured his former fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the involved parties.

James Vivenzio’s attorney, Aaron Freiwald, said Wednesday’s tour was a chance to find evidence and take video. Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended by the university and a different fraternity was set to take over the property this weekend.

“We’re trying to do what we have to do here to document James’ legal claim,” Freiwald said.

Penn State officials didn’t comment on the tour, referring reporters to a statement issued when Vivenzio sued in June.

Among other things, the statement said Penn State “strongly disputes” the allegations and offered “extraordinary assistance to Vivenzio by sending an investigator to his home after he left school. The school said Vivenzio and his family weren’t willing to “file a complaint, provide documentation, speak with State College police or participate in pursuing the formal disciplinary process.”  For the full story go to ABC News


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Plaintiff in Penn State hazing suit, lawyers tour frat house

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State student who is suing over alleged hazing toured his former fraternity house with his parents and lawyers for the involved parties.

James Vivenzio’s attorney, Aaron Freiwald, says the tour was a last-ditch chance to find evidence in the case. That’s because Kappa Delta Rho, which owns the property, has been suspended and a different fraternity takes over the property this weekend.

Penn State officials didn’t comment, referring reporters to a statement issued when Vivenzio sued in June that says the school “strongly disputes” the allegations.

Vivenzio contends he was burned with cigarettes and force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit and hot sauce in hazing rituals.

He also blew the whistle on a covert Facebook page on which frat members posted pictures of nude and semi-nude women.  Read more at SFGate


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Penn State hazing whistleblower to tour KDR fraternity house

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By, Dan Norton,

A Penn State fraternity hazing whistleblower will tour his old fraternity home, Kappa Delta Rho, on Wednesday at noon near the school’s main University Park campus.

James Vivienzo, the plaintiff, will recount details where the alleged hazing took place while the testimony and walkthrough are recorded on video.

Vivienzo’s attorney, Aaron J. Freiwald of Layser and Freiwald, will be present alongside a defense attorney from Dilworth Paxson, which represents Kappa Delta Rho’s national chapter. The tour will be limited to the basement and first-floor common rooms, and the media will not be allowed to cover the inspection.

Read the complete story at the Philadelphia Business Journal


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