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Western Kentucky cites four Greek groups (Kappa Delta sorority, Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity) for hazing

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Kappa Delta sorority, Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were all cited for hazing and “organizing, sponsoring, implementing or conducting programs or activities which are violations of the law or university regulations,” according to the official sanctions provided to the Herald.

The Alphas have lost all university recognition until Aug. 15, 2013, and cannot participate in any university-sanctioned events nor recruit new members until after this date, according to an undated letter to the Alphas from Charley Pride, director of Student Activities and Organizations.

The KAs and SAEs have lost recognition as a student organization until May 14, cannot participate in WKU Greek events until May and cannot recruit new members until fall 2012, according to undated letters to the individual fraternities from Pride.

Kappa Delta, the only sorority cited last semester, is on probation until May 14, according to a letter from Pride. The chapter must also participate in two educational programs — one of which must focus on hazing, and each active member at the time of the incident must complete two hours of community service by March 9. The chapter is also ineligible for achievement awards.

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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