Emory suspends one fraternity, continues investigation of another

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 30, 2015
Main Quad on Emory University's primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Main Quad on Emory University’s primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

This story has been updated. 

The Emory Wheel student newspaper reported via Twitter this morning that Emory University has suspended Kappa Alpha fraternity has been suspended for three years for violating the school’s anti-hazing policy.

Meanwhile, Emory is continuing to examine whether members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity joined members of the University of Florida chapter in harassing wounded veterans while visiting Panama City Beach.

Details of the investigation into Kappa Alpha weren’t immediately available. The Emory Wheel reported in April that the Office of Student Conduct was investigating the fraternity for unspecified violations. The University recently suspended the Chi Phi fraternity for violating the anti-hazing policy, the Emory Wheel reported.

Wounded veterans visiting Panama City Beach, Fla. for the Warrior Beach Retreat accused members of Zeta Beta Tau chapters at Emory and the University of Florida of throwing beer at them, spitting on them and urinating on the American Flag, according to TV station WJHG. The University of Florida closed its Zeta Beta Tau chapter in response to the allegations. Emory’s ZBT chapter has suspended all activities and is assisting in the investigation. According to the Emory Wheel, a group of veterans is planning to protest against the Zeta Beta Tau house on May 5. To read that story, click here.

Other Emory fraternities have come under scrutiny in recent months. In addition to Zeta Beta Tau, Kappa Alpha and Chi Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity targeted by vandals who left antisemitic graffiti on their frat house, was accused of racist taunting during a flag football game. In October, a woman reported that she was raped at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, prompting the university to temporarily suspend all social activities at fraternity houses.

Decaturish has reached out to Emory representatives for comment about the most recent developments. An Emory spokesperson, responding to the question about ZBT, referred to the University’s previous statement about the issue. The national ZBT office published a statement on April 28 condemning the incidents in Panama City Beach. While it didn’t specifically mention Emory University, the statement said, “Despite the closing of the (University of Florida) chapter, we will continue our investigation into the matter. We are committed to holding fully responsible those who engaged in any alleged wrongdoing.”

Emory also addressed the suspension of Chi Phi and Kappa Alpha.

“Emory University’s Division of Campus Life received information prompting concern and cause for separate investigations of Chi Phi and Kappa Alpha fraternities for possible hazing violations,” Emory University spokesperson Beverly Cox Clark said via email. “The investigations ultimately determined that hazing occurred in both fraternities. Chi Phi and KA leadership each accepted responsibility for violating the Anti-Hazing Policy of the Undergraduate Code of Conduct. Both fraternities have been suspended for three academic years.”

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