Cornell announced tonight that three fraternities have been placed on suspension following “credible allegations” of hazing. According to a university press release, Chi Psi is now on suspended status for “serious hazing,” and both Sigma Nu and Delta Phi (known as Llenroc) are on interim suspension for “serious physical hazing.” The release reads:
- As of Feb. 28 the Chi Psi fraternity has been placed on suspended status by the national headquarters of the fraternity, as a result of credible allegations of serious hazing. All chapter activities must be approved by the national organization and Cornell’s Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living before they can proceed.
- As of Feb. 28 the Sigma Nu fraternity has been placed by Cornell and the national headquarters of the fraternity on interim suspension status, as a result of credible allegations of serious physical hazing.
- As of March 1 the Delta Phi (Llenroc) fraternity also has been placed by Cornell on interim suspension status, as a result of credible allegations of serious physical hazing.
The Cornell administration seems to be taking the “glass is half full” approach to the suspensions, stressing how lucky they are to have students who turned in these fraternities. Always look on the bright side guys.
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What a day! While our attention was fixed on the criminal justice system in Ithaca, there was frat justice going on just a few hundred miles to the east in New Haven. Yale’s sexiest student, Dean Mary Miller, just laid the smackdown on Delta Kappa Epsilon, booting the fraternity off campus for five years for being monumentally stupid and skeevy. These upstanding gentlemen of Yale became the center of much media attention last fall for statements they made (and chanted, and uploaded to YouTube) on October 13. In case you’ve purged the whole episode from your memory banks, the comments included: “No means yes, yes means anal” and “My name is Jack, I’m a necrophiliac, I fuck dead women.” Which is kind of, you know…gross.
According to the Yale Daily News, the college’s Executive Committee ultimately decided that DKE had “violated undergraduate regulations by threatening and intimidating others that night.” Because the frat was already an unregistered student organization, options for punishment were apparently somewhat limited. But the ExComm did take measures “that prevent it from recruiting new members or holding any events on campus for five years.” Furthermore, they asked that the DKE national organization suspend the Yale chapter for the same period of time.
The incident came only a couple of years after Yale’s Zeta Psi landed in hot water for similar sketchiness — specifically, a photograph in which members lovingly displayed a sign that read, “WE LOVE YALE SLUTS.” And the cumulative effect of all the frat-nastiness, past and present, was manifest in a Title IX lawsuit that currently plagues Yale. So, the university was probably thrilled to dole out a little punishment.
Miller sent out an email to the Yale community today, which you can view in its entirety after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »