Troy fraternities to resume new member activities

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 5, 2019

New member activities will resume at Troy University fraternities following the submission of information Monday requested by the university.

Herb Reeves, dean of student services, said all Troy fraternities were met with individually in the past two days to discuss and review university and fraternity policies and educate members about hazing.

All activities involving new members were suspended this week as the university continues it’s second investigation into a potential hazing incident at one of its fraternities.

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The Troy chapter of Sigma Chi was suspended last week after university officials confirmed allegations of hazing within the chapter. Seven members of the chapter received disciplinary action by the school as well as expulsion from the fraternity for hazing eight new members of the fraternity.

The university also determined to suspend Sigma Chi from all Greek activities for the remainder of the fall semester, with the university deciding whether to continue that suspension or reinstate the chapter in December.

Just days after announcing the Sigma Chi suspension, university officials began investigating the Troy Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity after a member called in to the national organization’s anti-hazing hotline.

Reeves said the hazing allegations involved extreme calisthenics, violation of the university’s alcohol policies and verbal abuse.

As part of the meetings Wednesday and Thursday with the fraternities, Reeves spoke about the “hazing spectrum” to make absolutely clear what is considered hazing.

The spectrum is three-pronged with hazing sorted into three categories: intimidation, harassment and violence. According to the spectrum, “intimidation” is the most frequent form of hazing while being the least recognized by fraternity brothers as such. And violence is the least frequent form of hazing, but is the most widely understood form of hazing. Harassment falls somewhere in the middle on both recognition and frequency.

Activities categorized as intimidation include deception, assigning demerits, silence periods with implied threat for violation, socially isolating new members, demeaning names, and expecting certain items to always be in one’s possession.

Harassment activities include verbal abuse, threats or implied threats, asking new members to wear embarrassing attire, skit nights with degrading or humiliating acts, sleep deprivation and sexual simulations.

Violence includes forced consumption of drugs or alcohol, beating or paddling, forced branding, forced ingestion of vile substances, water intoxication, abduction and kidnapping and sexual assault.­

DKE remains suspended until the investigation of the fraternity is completed.