Hazing News

Florida ATO update


Sun staff writers

A University of Florida fraternity has been placed on probation because of hazing allegations, the university’s Greek Judicial Board ruled Friday.
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Alpha Tau Omega allegedly held a late-night “line up” where pledges were forced to correctly recite fraternity history or be tossed into a “mud pit” as punishment, according to UF officials.

In response to the allegations, ATO will be placed on conduct probation through the fall of 2008, the board ruled. As such, the fraternity will be prohibited from recruiting new members or hosting social events through the spring of 2008. Each fraternity member is also required to conduct five hours of community service. The chapter is also required to participate in educational programs, including one on hazing.

The board considered a number of hazing allegations, including a requirement that new members clean the houses of fraternity brothers and serve as their designated drivers through all hours of the night.


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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