With spring semester in full swing, attention for many students at colleges and universities is focused on going Greek.
Spring rush and pledging is underway, but at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the process was delayed a couple of weeks.
“The Interfraternity Council decided on their own to push back for fall recruitment to February,” said Michelle Guobadia, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
NBC Charlotte has been reporting on the organizations that have been found to commit hazing allegations. According to UNC Charlotte, since 2014, 17 different organizations have faced hazing allegations.
Right now, three cases are still pending. Some cases were dropped all together however due to lack of information. Meanwhile, there are 11 active fraternities, down from 16 four years ago.
UNC Charlotte certainly is not alone. We checked and since 2013, Clemson has suspended six fraternities and one sorority for hazing. At UNC Chapel Hill, there are three different organizations that could see changes following separate investigations for hazing.
At North Carolina State, over five years, one fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon, has been kicked off campus for hazing. At Appalachian State, there are no fraternities or sororities currently under investigation for hazing allegations currently. However, within the last five years, Alpha Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, and Tau Kappa Epsilon have been suspended.
Parents and students looking for this information can find it relatively easily.Many Dean of Students offices post the information online so people can arm themselves with information.
You may remember UNC Charlotte kicked Sigma Phi Epsilon off campus for the next four years for hazing. The fraternity suspension ends in August 2021.
The rise and sudden fall of Greek life on campus is a clear sign: Schools are enforcing the 'zero' tolerance hazing rules.
In the end, no training, delay in pledging or education campaign can prevent hazing. The Dean of Students said the responsibility of turning things around and curbing the problem falls not only on the students involved but also parents of college students.
“I think it's really important for parents and students to do their due diligence and looking at each organization that a student might be interested in joining. Looking at the history of the organization,” said Christine Reed Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at UNC Charlotte.