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

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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