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Kappa Sigma statement



CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (September 5, 2008) – Kappa Sigma Fraternity today
released the following official statement concerning an ongoing
investigation of its chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Epsilon-Nu Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi was
ordered to cease all activities effective August 29, 2008, when the
General Fraternity learned of an incident that allegedly occurred
Thursday, August 28, 2008, pending completion of the University of
Southern Mississippi’s investigation and Kappa Sigma’s own internal

Subsequently, the Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity
today voted to suspend the charter of the Epsilon-Nu Chapter, following
the University’s decision to withdraw the chapter’s recognition.

The activities alleged to have occurred last Thursday represent
violations of Kappa Sigma’s Code of Conduct, including the Fraternity’s
policies prohibiting hazing and concerning alcohol use and social
events.  In addition, Kappa Sigma’s Code of Conduct expressly prohibits
“little sister” programs.  These types of programs have in fact been
prohibited by the Fraternity for more than 20 years.  The activities
which allegedly occurred last Thursday run contrary to everything for
which Kappa Sigma stands and, if true, will not be tolerated.

Kappa Sigma has and will continue to cooperate fully with local law
enforcement and school officials regarding this matter.

About Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded December 10, 1869 at the University
of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Kappa Sigma is one of the
five largest fraternities in North America, with more than 235,000
initiates.  Currently, Kappa Sigma has over 250 Chapters and Colonies in
the United States and Canada.  Known as the most preferred Fraternity in
North America, more men pledge Kappa Sigma each year than any other

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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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