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University Terminates Theta Chi’s FOA After Causing Incidents – The Cavalier Daily

Theta Chi fraternity had its fraternity agreement terminated after Student Affairs deemed misunderstandings contrary to university policy took place in March. revealed July 2. The Hazing Misconduct Report also upheld the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s FOA termination — which was notified in April after reports of hazing led the national organization to suspend the fraternity — and referred the cases of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity to the university’s judicial system.

The latest findings from Student Affairs bring the total number of terminated fraternities at the university to four – including two occurred the last semester.

The University suspends a chapter’s FOA while it investigates any report of a violation of University policies or standards of conduct, including hazing. If it finds evidence of wrongdoing, it can terminate the department’s FOA or refer the matter to the UJC for further investigation and sanctioning. Individual offenders may also be referred to the UJC.

the report, is published On July 2, Theta Chi stated that it forced or required new members to participate in “line-ups” at the chapter house, where the new members would recite information about the fraternity and would be punished if they answered incorrectly. The brotherhood would also ask new members to consume “disgusting foods” such as habanero peppers, from which some suffered illness and experienced loss of feeling in their arms and legs, according to the report.

New members were also verbally harassed, asked to perform tasks for fraternity brothers, forced to clean the chapter house and perform other “meaningless tasks and embarrassing activities,” according to the report.

Student Affairs stated that members of Theta Chi often misled university officials in their investigation. Theta Chi will not be able to conduct reinstatement until the 2028-29 academic year at the earliest, according to Student Affairs.

The Hazing Misconduct report found that Sigma Alpha Mu engaged in many of the same hazing activities as Theta Chi, including lineups where new members were asked to recite information, forced to consume various food items—which led to some new members vomiting on themselves—and asked to perform “meaningless tasks and embarrassing activities.” Fraternities also required new members to sleep over in the chapter house or affiliated houses on certain nights, according to the report.

According to the report, Pi Lambda Phi also required new members to participate in lineups, where they were asked to recite information about the fraternity, and the fraternity punished new members using calisthenics if they answered incorrectly. The fraternity also forced or required new members to clean the chapter house, run in the morning, and perform additional tasks for fraternity members, such as ushering them into dining rooms.

The report stated that Sigma Alpha Mu and Pi Lambda Phi both cooperated fully with the investigation and acknowledged the hach ​​activities. The university did not assign any specific sanction to either fraternity and instead referred the organization to the UJC where sanctions could be assigned.

Harper Jones, UJC president and fourth-year university student, said in a statement to The Cavalier Daily that while she cannot comment on the specifics of ongoing UJC cases, hazing “directly” contradicts the values ​​that UJC seeks to promote in the university community. Jones also said UJC expects to hear those cases early in the fall semester.

The last fraternity mentioned in the report is Pi Kappa Alpha. University before is terminated Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s FOA in April after confirming that covert hazing activities were taking place. The fraternity’s national organization also suspended them and said it would take legal action against some students involved. The report has now revealed details of the investigation and its findings.

The report stated that the fraternity forced or required new members to participate in lineups, where they were asked to do a number of activities, including removing their underwear and putting on blindfolds. The fraternity would then ask new members for fraternity information and punish them with training if they answered incorrectly, according to the report. They were also physically and verbally abused and forced to consume various foods, including cottage cheese and hot sauce. The report stated that some of the physical abuse included putting hot sauce on new members’ genitals.

In the report, Student Affairs said members of Pi Kappa Alpha misled university officials during their investigation by providing false information about unclear incidents that were later determined to have occurred. The fraternity will be suspended until the 2028-29 academic year at the earliest, and any additional organization deemed to be a successor to Pi Kappa Alpha with the same members is prohibited. Any attempt to change the name while maintaining the same membership and structure would delay the return of Pi Kappa Alpha to the Grounds, according to the report.

Pi Kappa Alpha was damned by the national fraternity, which said it would pursue civil litigation against some individual members of the university’s chapter. Individual students in Pi Kappa Alpha have also been referred to UJC where sanctions may be imposed.

Notably not in the Hazing Misconduct Report is a finding in the investigation of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, which was suspended pending investigation in February after a student was hospitalized in an alleged hazing incident.

University spokesperson Bethanie Glover said in a statement to The Cavalier Daily that Kappa Sigma’s FOA remains suspended until law enforcement can provide the details of their criminal investigation. Glover said case details are expected to be added to the Hazing Misconduct Report in the coming weeks.

Whole Mismanagement report can be found on the Student Department’s website.

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