GWU fraternities, sorority charged with hazing
George Washington University has formally charged two fraternities and one sorority following an investigation into allegations of hazing, providing alcohol to minors and underage drinking, according to the GW Hatchet.
The charges were outlined in letters sent to the chapters over the weekend, following a university investigation that lasted several months. The chapters charged are Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternities. Spring rush for GWU fraternities is scheduled for next week, and it's unclear if the two houses will be allowed to participate, the Hatchet reported.
Two more chapters -- Delta Gamma sorority and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity -- are also under investigation, but no charges have been filed, the Hatchet reported.
The charged chapters had until Wednesday to plead "in violation" or "not in violation" of the student code of conduct. No word yet on what they did. If found guilty through a student judicial hearing, the houses could lose their campus housing and charters.
It's unclear what exactly happened to prompt these charges, as the university will not release details of the alleged incidents, citing privacy concerns for the students involved.
This isn't the first time GWU greek houses have gotten into trouble for alleged hazing.
In 2007, the fraternity Alpha Pi Epsilon was booted off campus because of "hazing allegations so severe that the University involved the Metropolitan Police Department," the Hatchet reported. Last year, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was found in violation of campus rules prohibiting hazing and underage drinking, but it did not lose its charter or housing on campus, according to the Hatchet.
You can read the full Hatchet article, here.
Update: George Washington University has released a statement on the charges. A university spokeswoman said in an e-mail that decisions regarding the charges have not been finalized, and the university is not yet ready to release any more information.
The Office of Student Judicial Services, in conjunction with the Office of Greek Life, issued charge letters to three Greek organizations on Friday.
Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma are being charged with violations of the Code of Student Conduct as the result of the University's investigation into allegations of hazing, providing alcohol to minors and the underage consumption of alcohol.
The University is working closely with the three respective national organizations to advise the chapter leadership as they make decisions necessary to move the adjudication process forward.
As a result of these incidents, the Office of Greek Life will continue to aggressively address issues of responsible alcohol management and hazing as we talk about Chapter Risk Management strategies as we begin the spring semester. This will include discussions with Greek Leadership as well as new member educational efforts as organizations begin the spring intake and recruiting process.
This is a difficult time for the members of these chapters. Please respect their privacy.
| January 20, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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