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Kansas bounces a problem chapter: The says

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The University of Kansas will kick the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity off campus for at least five years after officials determined the chapter hazed members and engaged in “an open culture of illegal drug use,” a document obtained by the Kansan shows.

“The types of hazing behaviors seen in evidence demean and intimidate individuals, have the potential for both severe physical and psychological harm, and may negatively impact the academic success of the students involved,” Vice Provost of Student Affairs Tammara Durham wrote in a letter to fraternity members dated Nov. 4. The Kansan obtained the letter through the Kansas Open Records Act.

“These behaviors undermine the University of Kansas’ commitment and efforts to establish a safe campus environment and a culture of respect for all individuals,” Durham continued.

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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