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UVA Investigates Hazing Allegations at Fraternities

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At least one University of Virginia fraternity is under investigation for hazing.

In a letter to student pledges, Dean of Students Allen Groves said he had received reports of hazing and dangerous activities involving alcohol at a number of different fraternities.

The administration is demanding all fraternities in the Inter-Fraternity Council, or IFC, end their pledging processes by Sunday.

"Obviously the IFC and the university don't condone hazing in any way, shape or form. It's unfortunate that certain incidences have led the university to make this decision but moving forward to working with the IFC presidents and the university to build a stronger system and make some significant changes," said Alex Van Trigt, member of the IFC.

Groves told students he came to this decision to protect students' safety and the sustainability of the fraternity system.


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UPDATE: U.Va. Officials Extend New Member Initiation Deadline to Sunday

Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) fraternities at the University of Virginia will now have until 6 p.m. Sunday (April 7) to initiate new members, Dean of Students Allen Groves announced today.  The one-day extension, decided after consultation with student leaders, will provide the necessary amount of time for several fraternities to successfully complete new member orientation, Groves said.

On Thursday, University officials requested that all University fraternities initiate new members by Saturday.  The request – which is not in response to allegations of criminal misconduct – is designed to ensure student safety and is in accordance with best practices governing the length of time for new member orientation.

Presently, one fraternity is under investigation after recent reports of inappropriate behavior, and additional investigations will be initiated in coming days. To preserve the integrity of those investigations, the University is not identifying the fraternities or the activities in question.

The IFC governs 31 fraternities at the University of Virginia.

Should the fraternities choose not to agree to the University's request to initiate new members by the deadline, the University will reevaluate renewal of the Fraternal Organization Agreement with such member groups, which permits fraternities to use University resources and participate in University-sponsored activities.


 

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U.Va.: Fraternities Must Initiate New Members By Saturday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 4, 2013 — The University of Virginia has requested that all University fraternities initiate new members by 6 p.m. Saturday.

The request is designed to ensure student safety and is in accordance with best practices governing the length of time for new member orientation, Dean of Students Allen Groves said in letters to incoming members of Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) fraternities, their national organizations and local alumni advisers.

Saturday marks the conclusion of nine weeks of new member pledging, which Groves wrote is a sufficient span of time for new members to learn the history, tradition and values of their organizations.

The University's request to initiate all new members by April 6 is not in response to allegations of criminal misconduct.

Presently, one fraternity is under investigation after recent reports of inappropriate behavior, and additional investigations will be initiated in coming days. To preserve the integrity of those investigations, the University is not identifying the fraternities or the activities in question.

The IFC governs 31 fraternities at the University of Virginia.

At the beginning of the 2013 spring semester, University administration addressed fraternity leadership regarding the need to avoid inappropriate behavior at fraternity recruitment events. In February, Groves and President Teresa A. Sullivan addressed all IFC chapter presidents to reinforce the University's no-tolerance position on hazing. Groves also sent a more recent notice to IFC fraternity leaders requesting that member fraternities avoid practices that threaten student safety.

Groves has committed to meet with undergraduate chapter and IFC student leaders, national or international headquarters staff and involved alumni next fall to discuss ways in which the new member process may be made more constructive. The objective will be to have many ideas come forward from the student leaders themselves.

Should the fraternities choose not to agree to the University's request to initiate new members by Saturday, the University will reevaluate renewal of the Fraternal Organization Agreement with such member groups, which permits fraternities to use University resources and participate in University-sponsored activities.

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