The Dartmouth hazing perpetrated by some individuals of questionable moral standing at Sigma Alpha Epsilon finally has a bit of closure. In a letter to the fraternity sent on Friday, Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life April Thompson said that the Organizational Adjudication Committee panel had found SAE responsible for a series of hazings in 2009 and for providing minors with alcoholic beverages in 2011.
The fraternity was given three years probation. Additionally, SAE will have to participate in a series of educational programs as a result of their impossibly heinous behavior. No word yet if any lessons were learned in the process, though I suppose only time will tell if the frat will straighten up their act.
"Consistent with the specific behaviors involved and the OAC sanctioning guidelines, the OAC imposed a three-term probationary period and an extensive series of educational requirements on SAE," Thompson wrote in her letter to the Dartmouth community. 27 people were originally fingered in the hazings, though these individual charges were later dropped.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon is apparently a pretty rowdy group, engaging in a number of peculiar hazing events aimed at fraternity pledges. Scenarios listed in Thompsons's letter included forcing folks to swim in kiddie pools filled with food, take copious shots of saltwater or alcohol, and run through public areas while donning formal dresses. Although more disturbing behavior was reported by various sources -- anyone interested in chowing down on a vomit omelete? -- Dartmouth officials could not confirm the legitimacy of these horrifying allegations.
Despite the ruling, some people believe school officials aren't taking the hazings seriously.
Andrew Lohse, a 22 year-old member of SEA, stated in an email, "The sanctions against SAE are a slap on the wrist and proof that the college just isn’t serious – and proof that these organizations can lie with impunity." Other students have claimed that hazing is endemic of the Dartmouth experience.
Regardless of whether or not this sort of behavior is the norm, the end result is nothing short of horrifying. It's a shame that people feel the need to treat others in this manner, particularly when everyone is simply attempting to better themselves. As you can see, those who have been following this story on Twitter are equally as disgusted.
Seriously read the most messed up article about hazing at Dartmouth college in fraternities. The way they haze the pledges are horrible.