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Greek life, teams cited for violations

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 2/27/2020 10:00:37 PM
Modified: 2/27/2020 10:00:35 PM

HANOVER — Three fraternities, two sororities and two varsity sports teams at Dartmouth College recently “admitted responsibility” for violating school policies against risky behavior over the past three-plus years, the college reported this week.

Dartmouth’s Organizational Adjudication Committee said on its website that the Psi Upsilon and Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternities, the Alpha Phi and Chi Delta sororities and the women’s track and field team acknowledged violating rules against hazing and alcohol consumption during the fall 2019 term.

Both sororities and Psi Upsilon admitted violating those policies during the fall terms of 2016, 2017 and 2018. The track team acknowledged doing so in the fall of 2018.

The adjudication panel describes the findings as emerging from a variety of investigations that the college launched in October of 2018 — some involving the school’s safety-and-security office, others through a hired external investigator — in response to a spate hazing and drinking incidents.

Meanwhile, the men’s basketball team and the Zeta Psi fraternity acknowledged violating alcohol policies this past summer, the report added.

Both of those cases involved hard alcohol, as did those of the track team and of Alpha Phi. The college banned hard liquor from campus in 2015.

“In each case, the available information was reviewed, a determination of responsibility was made and a determination of how to respond was made,” Dartmouth spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said via emails on Thursday. “To be clear: these are outcomes delivered in the fall and not behaviors that occurred or were reported in the fall.”

Sanctions against the seven organizations vary.

The two athletic teams were both “prohibited from engaging in any social activities for one term” and were ordered to participate in Dartmouth’s program of Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students, or BASICS.

“We hold our teams to high standards, and when they fail to meet them, we often impose supplemental discipline in addition to whatever sanction is imposed by the College,” Athletic director Harry Sheehy said in a statement Thursday.

Three of the Greek houses were also ordered to undergo BASICS, and several received suspensions of at least one term last fall.

The latest community report also said that an investigation of hazing by the men’s crew team “did not yield sufficient information to support conduct allegations.”

The adjudication committee started posting findings of student-group misbehavior in the fall of 2018, reporting that the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity “admitted to providing alcohol to a minor and failing to comply with the terms of its previous disciplinary sanction during the summer term 2018.”

That report noted that the adjudication panel did not sanction the fraternity only because the national organization had already revoked its charter.

Additional hazing reports include a three-term suspension of Kappa Kappa Kappa, which admitted responsibility for violating hazing and alcohol policies during the fall of 2017, three years after it agreed to enter a “Fresh Start” program.

The women’s swimming and diving team also admitted to violating the college’s hazing policy during the winter of 2016, which led to the squad forfeiting its fall 2017 season.

These and other behaviors and sanctions came to light after Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon launched a “Moving Dartmouth Forward” plan in 2015, which included the ban on hard liquor and tougher standards for fraternities.

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