Two University of Kansas fraternities suspended for “extreme hazing”


Two University of Kansas fraternity houses have been suspended for their “extremely dangerous” hazing practices.

Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Delta Theta both had their status as “registered student organizations” suspended until 2027 – until all of its current members graduate – after investigators uncovered shocking allegations of abuse of pledges.

Pawns were said to have been forced to sleep in sheets soiled with vomit and urine, rolled up in mattresses and slammed hard against walls – leaving a brother with a concussion – and a pawn was even allegedly forced to watch a video of a dolphin mutilated and tortured as a punishment for the sick.

Others were reportedly forced to go sleepless for long periods and forced to drink a lot of alcohol in a pattern of “emotional torture” and “enforced servitude”.

Investigations into the two fraternities were opened by their national sections after KU students reported their treatment.

Both chapters have been surveyed before – Phi Gamma Delta was reviewed in 2012, 2015, and 2020, while Phi Delta Theta was surveyed in 2010, 2019, and August of this year.

The pledges to Phi Gamma Delta, known as “Fiji”, were “under the control and authority of the members every waking minute every day” and subject to an “undisputed level of forced alcohol consumption”, according to a heavily written 30-page report. compiled by external investigators hired by the fraternities and obtained by the Kansas City Star.

Investigations into Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Delta Theta at the University of Kansas have been boosted by complaints of current engagements

‘[A] The largely undisputed level of forced alcohol consumption is extremely dangerous and reflects the dangerous systemic hazing taking place in the Phi Gamma Delta, ”Vice Provost Tammara Durham wrote in the document.

To hide what was going on inside the fraternity house on Louisiana Street in Lawrence, black trash bags were often stuck on its windows.

Phi Gamma Delta’s locker room was “covered in vomit, alcohol, pee, old food, trash and who knows what else,” a potential brother told investigators.

“When we tried to clean it, we were told to go to bed immediately without showering and do it in the morning,” wrote the promise of an incident in September, claiming that he and others had been forced to “sleep in vomit-covered sheets”. ‘

“I don’t know what else to say other than being a part of this fellowship was very difficult, caused us physical damage, emotional torture, and hurt our chances of success in college.”

Two of the university's fraternity houses have been suspended since 2018, and students gathered in droves to protest after a student was allegedly drugged and raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in September.

Two of the university’s fraternity houses have been suspended since 2018, and students gathered in droves to protest after a student was allegedly drugged and raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in September.

Pictured is the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at 1540 Louisiana Street in Lawrence, Kansas

Pictured is the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at 1540 Louisiana Street in Lawrence, Kansas

Another engagement described being partially restrained with a pillowcase over his face as he struggled to breathe. Nine lines describing what led to the punishment have been redacted, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

'[A] the largely undisputed level of forced alcohol consumption is extremely dangerous and reflects the dangerous systemic hazing taking place in the Phi Gamma Delta, '' Vice-Provost Tammara Durham (pictured) wrote in the document

‘[A] the largely undisputed level of forced alcohol consumption is extremely dangerous and reflects the dangerous systemic hazing taking place in the Phi Gamma Delta, ” Vice-Provost Tammara Durham (pictured) wrote in the document

“I was dizzy and tried to tilt my head down in order to remove the pillowcase from my face for good breathing, but I was told to lift my head and yelled at it. as a result, ”the student told investigators.

It is not clear whether this student was subjected to “forced drinking”.

When the Fiji brothers returned home drunk from parties or bars, they subjected the new members to a hazing ritual called “tacoing”, forcing the new members to “stand or lie down. [their] mattress[es] then winding both sides to [they] would be the “meat inside a taco” and then spray[ing them] with substances to simulate condiments. ‘

Then they would slam the folded mattresses into lockers and walls.

The new member who initially filed the complaint against the fraternity that would trigger the university’s investigation alleged that one of his pawnbrokers who underwent the treatment suffered a concussion and was ill for a week .

The student who described the changing room conditions said he had not slept four nights in a row under the constant threat of tacoing.

Pawns in Fiji were forced to carry cigarettes and vapes on them at all times for the fraternity brethren to use, the Star reported.

Phi Delta Theta was not cited for forcing his promises to drink alcohol – however, their belongings were often searched and destroyed, their mattresses were often thrown out of windows and they were subjected to a routine. emotional torture and mental intimidation.

Pictured is Phi Delta Theta's fraternity house at 1621 Edgehill Road in Lawrence, Kansas

Pictured is Phi Delta Theta’s fraternity house at 1621 Edgehill Road in Lawrence, Kansas

A pledge was forced to watch a graphic video of a mutilated dolphin, “in which the dolphin is brutally shot,” investigators wrote in their report.

He was then given the name “Dolphin” because he was “the one who is most hated and who should be shot.”

Late at night, the fellowship brethren “shoved” new members into their sleeping areas by “pushing, screaming, jumping on their beds, etc.” », A limb being injured after falling from its mattress and onto the floor.

The new members were also forced to perform Swedish gymnastic exercises which “resulted in physical injury to the new members and contributed to sleep deprivation”.

A new member told investigators he slept in his car several times to sleep.

The hazing, which investigators said took place once or twice a week, included “personal bondage”, details of which have been redacted from the report.

The new member who spoke out on Phi Delta Theta was pushed, spat on and bombarded with beer bottles when the fraternity brothers discovered him, according to the report.

Le received several derogatory messages, one using a homosexual slur and another attacking his belief in Christianity. Another said: “I have never met someone in my life who I hate as much as you.”

More than a thousand demonstrators marched outside a University of Kansas fraternity house on the night of September to protest the sexual assault outside the Greek home of Phi Kappa Psi.  a new undergraduate member

More than a thousand demonstrators marched outside a University of Kansas fraternity house on the night of September to protest the sexual assault outside the Greek home of Phi Kappa Psi. a new undergraduate member

This student has chosen to attend distance learning courses for the semester.

KU spokesman Joe Monaco told Journal-World that “members of these two fraternities – including the organization’s leadership – knowingly engaged in systemic hazing that threatened health and safety students”.

“Further, this behavior was a continuation of a well-documented hazing pattern of the previous decade, demonstrating that these organizations are unwilling to tackle this behavior on their own. This is unacceptable. ‘

Two former KU students from each fraternity listed as chapter presidents could not be contacted by DailyMail.com for comment at press time.

Both organizations can appeal the university’s decision within the next 30 days.

The two houses are the most recent in a series of Greek organizations spun off from the University of Kansas campus.

In 2018, Sigma Alphia Epsilon was suspended for “at least” four years for “several health and safety violations” by her national section. In 2020, Phi Kappa Psi was suspended for at least five years for an “open culture” of drug use and hazing.

“Breaking the cycle requires an opportunity for the organization to ‘reset’ without the current members and leaders who have been actively involved in the culture and problematic activities,” Durham wrote of the 2020 decision.

Two separate rape charges were laid at the University of Kansas earlier this year, with more than 1,000 protesters gathered around the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. A student there was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted on September 11.

Less than two weeks later, a student was charged and arrested for allegedly raping a student in a dormitory.

After the September 13 protests, a recent KU graduate said The daily beast that the School’s Pan-Hellenic Association provided sorority students with a list of “safe” parties to attend while she was enrolled.

Among the fraternities, she told the outlet, “none of them are safe.”

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