Hazing News

Chico State severs ties with Beta Theta Pi

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Complaints to the University Police Department sparked an ongoing investigation that led to the discovery of possible hazing during the spring semester’s pledging activities. The Student Activities Office moved “swiftly and sternly” to revoke the charter of Beta Theta Pi, associate director Rick Rees said.

Beta Theta Pi is among the largest fraternities, with about 125 chapters throughout the Unites States and Canada.

The local chapter, which has been in Chico for 20 years, no longer exists at Chico State University.

University Police conducted several extensive interviews with members of Beta Theta Pi, Rees said.

“We are very, very convinced that these guys stepped over the line,” he said.

There was not one incident, but weeks of suspicious activities during the semester. But no injuries have been reported and no one has stepped forward as a victim, Rees said.

The case has been handed over to the District Attorney’s Office, and Student Judicial Affairs is handling individual student discipline, Rees said.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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