Hazing News

Denton–again. One of those names in hazing that frequently pops up in news

Selena Hernandez
DENTON (CBS 11 News) ―

Five students from Texas Woman’s University are at the center of an alleged hazing investigation.

The students were arrested this week, accused of hazing pledges in their off-campus organization called the Krimson Kourts.

University officials said the organization is unsanctioned and is not tied to TWU. The pledges claim the suspects slapped them, put them in closets and inflicted them with psychological abuse.

A student, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she knows three of the suspects. She said she doesn’t believe the allegations are true, “It has to be a lie. I know it’s a lie,” she said. “They were done wrong.”

But university officials aren’t taking any chances.

“If our students are involved in violations of federal, state or local law, we will intervene with the conduct process,” said TWU’s Vice President of Student Life Dr. Richard Nicholas.

The five students are suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. One student said at least three of the suspects have moved out of their residence hall.

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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