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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

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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