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AFA statement link (Association of Fraternity Advisers)

Moderator: Many impressive individuals (deans and advisers) within the Association of Fraternity Advisers have worked on a Hazing Taskforce and several past Hazing Prevention conferences. I have no doubt the AFA is working hard to help its members behind the scenes. But the Rider case calls for strong commentary and even some adviser guidance from the AFA.

The excellent AFA Hazing link is here. I hope the message below gets edited and revised and made equally strong for its members, particularly those confused and worried about their job choice following the Rider arrests.

The less-effective AFA message follows below — Respectfully, HN

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The Association has received many inquiries regarding the current situation at Rider University. It is AFA’s policy to refrain from commenting on legal cases pertaining to individuals. We do, however, follow these cases closely in order to gauge how they may affect our work as fraternity and sorority professionals.AFA is working with ACPA, ACUHO-I, and NASPA in an effort to provide resources to our members as this precedent setting case develops.
If you would like to learn more about the legal case at Rider University, please visit the AFA Online Community to read news stories and participate in discussions regarding this situation.
Our thoughts are with the student affairs professionals not only at Rider University but also across North America as we begin another academic year.
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By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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