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Nine Boston University Students Under Investigation for Frankly Unsurprising Hazing Incident

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Nine Boston University students believed to be members of the fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi are under investigation after the Boston Police Department discovered five apparent pledges covered in red welts, missing chunks of hair where their heads had been shaved, and "dressed only in their underwear standing in the [fraternity house's] basement, covered with various food ingredients and with their hands bound together." This news is unfortunate, but not exactly shocking, as the same fraternity was involved in another alleged hazing last month that sent a group of heavily intoxicated girls in the sorority Sigma Delta Tau to the hospital.

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Coincidentally, Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore announced yesterday — only hours before police found the AEPi pledges with their pants down — that, as a result of the first hazing, some members of AEPi would be sanctioned and perhaps suspended. Why did the administration, which immediately suspended SDT after the first incident, wait longer to take action against AEPi? Unlike SDT, AEPi isn't recognized by Boston University, which means it couldn't have been suspended — but the administration could have publicly announced their involvement.

Earlier this year, Boston University officials waited until a second ice hockey team member was charged with sexual assault before launching an internal investigation, and it's clear by the way they're reacting to the hazing that they don't want to develop a reputation for acting too little, too late. BU spokesperson Colin Riley told the Boston Globe today that the students involved will definitely face the university's judicial board. "Just because it happened off campus, it doesn't mean they'll go unpunished,'' Riley said. "There are alleged victims here who we care about, and hazing is illegal here in Massachusetts.'' It's promising that the administration is responding to this recent incident — the latest of many at Boston University — with harsh words instead of silence.

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Boston Police Probe Second Alleged Hazing [BU Today]

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Kat Callahan

Nationals should not award charters to chapters which are unrecognised by the univeristy they are associated with. The Greek system is tied to the college experience for a reason. We're not the masonry, or the Elks, or the Moose. We're college organisations for college students. AEPi shouldn't be anywhere near BU as a nationally recognised chapter. I don't even believe colonies should exist prior to university recognition. I think that would solve some of these issues. The worst issues I saw at my undergrad institution occurred at houses with chapters that were "off-campus." Not recognised by the university, but recognised either by nationals, or worst yet, recognised by no one but themselves, a so called "local." These locals were usually chapters that had lost charters but had the legal ability to keep their house and then just created new letters. A total mess.

I recently had this discussion with the president of my own national headquarters. He disagreed with me, telling me my position was contrary to freedom of assembly. We're a private organisation, and an elitist, selective one at that, and so are many of the universities we have chapters at. Freedom of assembly doesn't apply here. The Constitution doesn't stipulate we must grant charters/colonies to chapters not recognised by the universities they are associated with. I don't plan to vote for him at our next national convention.