Columbia Inter-Greek Council Warns Greeks Not To Let Accused Hazers ‘Forcefully Extract Information’
Following the recommendation of Columbia’s Inter-Greek Council Judicial Board, the school’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter lost its charter this week due to a hazing infraction, The Columbia Spectator reports. Although it has not been revealed what exactly ZBT did to lose recognition, their national organization will be appealing Columbia’s decision.
A tipster forwarded us an email sent Thursday night by the IGC’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing cautioning the Greek community to remain tightlipped and alert in this time of “heavy scrutiny.” Perhaps more seriously, he foresees a Columbia where the newly outlawed ZBT brothers have become modern thugs, terrorizing campus and turning Greek against fellow Greek. We imagine something like The Warriors. Or maybe Mad Max.
Our tipster sums it up pretty nicely: “Stick together, because we’re a Greek family … but watch out, because ZBT might try to forcibly extract information from you.” You know, because they haze.
You can read the full email below:
“Hello fellow Greek Community Leaders:
As I’m sure many of you are aware, yesterday the Columbia Daily Spectator made the news public that one of our chapters was involved in a hazing incident that may lead to its removal from campus. The release of this information has caused and will continue to cause heavy scrutiny to fall upon the individual chapter and our entire Greek Community here at Columbia. In an effort to minimize the damage that is arising/will arise, the IGC is asking that no members of your organizations SPEAK OR GIVE COMMENT TO ANY MEDIA/NEWS OUTLET. All comments regarding this event will come from IGC through me. Please inform your members that if they receive any inquiries at all regarding this situation, to forward them to you and your respective council presidents. I want to remind you all that it is extremely important to live up to the community standards we have set for ourselves and continue to remind the Columbia community of the great qualities of our organizations by putting ourselves in the best light possible.Additionally, if ANY member of ZBT approaches you in any sort of intimidating/threatening fashion, or attempts to forcefully extract information about this episode from you, please contact your council presidents IMMEDIATELY.
Finally, it is important that we stick together through this difficult time. Your council presidents are always available for you should you need them—please do not hesitate to reach out to them if necessary.”