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Exclusive: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity “drops down on” its IUPUI Lambda Eta chapter for hazing and other violations; Georgia also sanctioned

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IUPUI’s Lambda Eta chapter has had its charter shut down until 2019, according to the “Confidential Bulletin” (Volume 57, Number 1, Winter 2014 edition) of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. International Headquarters.

At least four prominent members of the Indianapolis community were alums of Kappa Alpha Psi and have been clobbered with permanent expulsion “for various violations.”  Those expelled include a well-known radio personality, a Pike High School coach, a onetime IUPUI administrator and a local county official.

This yanking of the chapter founded at IUPUI in 1982 has a chilling effect on other campuses. According to the IUPUI web site, Lambda Eta is the home chapter for students attending the following institutions: IUPUI, Butler University, University of Indianapolis, Marian University and Martin University.

In addition, the International KAP punished “non-participant members” for failing to report underground pledging and hazing. Eight IUPUI members were suspended until 2019 as well, including the former president of the now-banned chapter.

Lambda Eta was also hit in the pocketbook. International fined the chapter $500.00 as per KAP’s Code of Conduct and Rules of Disciplinary Procedure Article III, Section C.

In another case, the University of Georgia’s Zeta Iota chapter was suspended for violating University Conduct Regulations, according to the Confidential Newsletter.

Commentary from Moderator Hank Nuwer:

Kudos to Kappa Alpha Psi International for its gutsy stand on this tough issue. Reportedly some of those punished were hazing victims as well, a growing trend in that schools, many state laws, and nearly all Greek groups mandate that hazing victims report this activity as illicit or possibly even a crime. Kudos also to the member who provided me with this information.





By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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