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The Bloomsburg Voice. Greek life ended at BU following two deaths and many incidents linked to Greek life.

All Greek life at Bloomsburg is halted permanently following the tragic death of two students and a string of recent transgressions.

The news broke early this afternoon in an email sent from President Hanna to all BU students. It states, “Dear BU Community: Effective immediately, Bloomsburg University is terminating its fraternity and sorority life (FSL) program and severing ties with all national and local FSL organizations currently affiliated with the University. All students are reminded that their conduct remains subject to all applicable University policies, including: PRP 4802 – Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Process.”

This past Saturday Leah Burke, a sophomore nursing major, passed away following an incident that is still under investigation. The tragic event took place outside of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity house.

Another student, Justin King was found dead in an embankment in September of 2019. King’s death is also linked to Greek life as he attended a fraternity rush party and was given excess amounts of alcohol prior to his death.

In late January 2021, four Greek life organizations, Sigma Iota Omega, Chi Theta Pi, Kappa Delta Rho, and Lambda Chi Alpha were suspended for various misconducts. Some of the offenses included sexual misconduct, multiple accounts of hazing, and hosting a large gathering during the pandemic.

The Voice will continue to provide updates as more information is gathered.

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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