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Sigma Chi expels a California chapter after alcohol-related hazing

UC Santa Barbara fraternity surrenders charter after hazing
The Associated Press
Article Launched: 11/19/2007 05:08:20 AM PST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—The Sigma Chi fraternity has surrendered its University of California, Santa Barbara, charter in wake of a hazing incident a year ago that led to criminal charges.

Assistant Dean of Students Stephan Franklin says the university removed its formal recognition of Sigma Chi about six months before the hazing incident.

The university says the fraternity had “several egregious violations” of the school’s risk management policies, which govern the use of alcohol at parties, hazing and alcohol in public spaces.

The hazing incident revolved around a ritual for new members that sent an 18-year-old pledge to a hospital with alcohol poisoning. Four men were charged.


Information from: Santa Barbara News-Press,

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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