Cal Poly bans another fraternity for hazing in crackdown
Cal Poly announced on Tuesday that it had banned its second fraternity from campus in recent months after an investigation into the organization found members were hazing new initiates during recruitment.
Tau Kappa Epsilon joined Lambda Phi Epsilon as the two fraternities to lose their Cal Poly affiliation this school year — both for hazing. Two other fraternity chapters have been suspended for the rest of the 2018-19 school year for similar concerns.
In light of the university cracking down on unsafe hazing activities among Greek Life organizations, here’s what has landed some fraternities in hot water in recent months.
Forced drinking of alcohol: Tau Kappa Epsilon (disaffiliated through 2021), Lambda Phi Epsilon (disaffiliated through 2020)
Underage drinking of alcohol: Tau Kappa Epsilon, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Sigma Pi (suspended through June 2019), Kappa Sigma (suspended through June 2019)
Using chapter funds for parties where alcohol is available to minors: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Forced push-ups: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Knuckle push-ups: Lambda Phi Epsilon
Push-ups as a punishment for incorrect fraternity history quiz answers: Kappa Sigma
Late-night ocean submersion: Lambda Phi Epsilon
“Actions that included the humiliation of its pledges, causing mental and emotional distress”: Sigma Pi
Four other fraternities are also currently on probation for non-hazing activities, according to Cal Poly’s web page on Greek Life sanctions. Those are:
ALambda Chi Alpha: Lambda Chi Alpha came under national fire in 2018 amid Cal Poly’s blackface scandal. The fraternity is on social probation through June 2019 for violation of registered student organization code of conduct, falsifying information to a university official, violation of alcohol policy, violation of party registration procedures, aiding and abetting in falsifying information to a university official, disruption or interference with an orderly process of a disciplinary matter.
Zeta Beta Tau: On probation through fall 2019 for violation of the alcohol policy, falsifying information to a university official, violation of health and safety policy and violation of Recognized Student Organization Code of Conduct
Sigma Nu: On social probation through spring 2020 for violation of alco
Cal Poly banned a second fraternity from campus for hazing involving underage drinking and push-ups.