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Washington State fraternity ills

Washington State University is removing 32 freshmen from two fraternities for their own safety after allegations of hazing, including an alleged incident that resulted in a broken jaw.
The Theta Chi and Delta Chi residents will be temporarily relocated to campus residence halls, according to a statement released late Wednesday afternoon by WSU.
The Student Conduct Board is investigating those involved in the alleged assaults, according to WSU, and disciplinary action is possible.
“We understand that asking students to pack up and move to a different residence on such short notice is not ideal for all involved. But our goal is to help provide these students with a living environment that supports rather than detracts from their educational experience,” vice president for WSU’s Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity Michael Tate said in the statement.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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.

One reply on “Washington State fraternity ills”

I’m not seeing any coverage of this incident in the Washington newspapers or television news channels. Is it too soon, or something else? There was an article in the Lewiston, Idaho newspaper. Kudos to the administration for acting so quickly, and no, they are not overreacting. There were 36 students brought to the hospital with alcohol poisoning by January of last year.
This is the only place I could find information on the incident. Weird.

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