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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/20/2011

GWU fraternities, sorority charged with hazing

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

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.

By Jenna Johnson  | January 20, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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This "article" is grossly inaccurate. You can't just say that a chapter was charged with hazing...then link to an article (written by a college student) that says that some chapters were charged with breaking school rules that involved underage drinking and hazing.

The opening line of the student article implies that all chapters were charged with hazing etc…but really, the true meaning is ambiguous. It could mean either the chapters are facing all those charges or that those chapters in combination face those charges. Meaning one of the chapters could actually be in trouble for breaking a less important rule, but are part of the investigation anyways. Later the article explains hazing might be a charge that one or some of the chapters would face, but doesn’t openly state which one faces which charge.

This is a common ambiguity sometimes seen in undergraduate journalism. The writer is making it seem like the organizations are being charged with hazing without saying it outright. In fact if you read the student article further, Morgenstern basically clarifies that she doesn’t really know anything except for an ambiguous public statement from the Dean. Her entire article is predicated on a loose connection to the duration of a completely unrelated hazing investigation of a completely different organization in 2007. She HAS NOT FACTS about hazing or any other allegations. NO SPECIFICS… It’s just hearsay and loose interpretation.

One might expect this from an undergraduate rag that’s more fun than facts, but you’re the Post. You should hold yourself to a higher standard.

Also, you might have at least called to confirm any of these statements…you are supposedly a reporter? Or what are you exactly? You just rewrote her article. What you should have done was seen her falsifications and pointed them out, or written a more objective piece about what was really happening…which is an investigation with unclear charges in the mix…the recipients of which are all jumbled together making it impossible to tell who’s being charged with what exactly.

Please correct your falsified statements.

Posted by: concerned69 | January 20, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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