How Virginia Tech deals with hazing


NEW THIS MORNING, WE ARE GETTING A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW VIRGINIA TECH DEALS WITH HAZING AMONG ITS MORE THAN 55 FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES ON CAMPUS. THE COLLEGE HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. IN 2016… THE UNIVERSITY’S OLDEST BLACK FRATERNITY ON CAMPUS— ALPHA PHI ALPHA— WAS SUSPENDED FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS… AFTER ALLEGATIONS OF HAZING. W-S-L-S 10’S ERIN BROOKSHIER JOINS US LIVE. ERIN, HOW DOES THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS THESE ISSUES? ### THE DIRECTOR OF FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE, BYRON HUGHES, TELLS ME SCHOOL LEADERS WORK TO GO BEYOND JUST TALKING ABOUT HAZING OR EXPLAINING WHAT IT IS– INSTEAD WORKING WITH STUDENTS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES THEY’RE SEEING. IT’S NOT JUST TO THINK ABOUT IT IN TERMS OF DO YOU KNOW POLICY. I THINK IF YOU ASK ANY STUDENT OUT THERE DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT HAZING IS, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAZING IS AND THAT’S THE REASON THEY CHOSE TO DO IT IN PRIVATE. HUGHES SAYS TALKING WITH THE GREEK ORGANIZATIONS ABOUT THEIR VALUES– AND WHY BRINGING IN NEW MEMBERS AND REQUIRING THEM TO DO THINGS THAT THAT COULD HURT OR EMBARRASS THEM WOULD KEEP FRIENDSHIPS FROM FORMING.. HE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THOSE OPEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW HAZING IS COUNTER- PRODUCTIVE TO THE GOALS THAT MANY FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES STAND FOR, LIKE EXCELLENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S A CONVERSATION THE SIGMA PHI EPSILON FRATERNITY CONTINUES TO HAVE… FOUR YEARS AFTER BEING DISBANED AT VIRGINIA TECH FOR A REPORTED 5-YEAR HISTORY OF ALCOHOLISM AND HAZING… AS A NEW CLASS OF MEMBERS IS WORKING TO RESTART. WITH ALL NEW MEMBERS– SIG EP SAYS ITS MOVING A WAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL PLEDGE MODEL OF JOINING THE FRATERNITY– INSTEAD WORKING TOWARD CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE FRATERNITY’S BALANCED MAN PROGRAM. BEING A LEADER IN THE GREEK SYSTEM AND CHALLENGING THE PROCESS. WE SEE TRUE VALUE IN FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE AND WE WANT TO KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN FOR ALL. WITH THAT, WE’VE CHANGED AND EVOLUTIONIZED OVER THESE YEARS AS PART OF THAT GROWTH, SIGMA PHI EPSILON HAS HELD THE HIGHEST G-P-A OF ANY VIRGINIA TECH FRATERNITY FOR FOUR STRAIGHT SEMESTERS, SINCE THE FRATERNITY BEGAN THE RECHARTERING PROCESS. ROWE TELLS ME THEY HOPE TO MAKE IT A FIFTH SEMESTER THIS FALL. ANGELS OF ASSISI RECEIVES ABOUT 140 DOGS AND CATS FROM

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