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March 15, 2014

QUICK 5: Oklahoma State raising bar on hazing

STILLWATER, Okla. — Ival Gregory is Oklahoma State University’s fraternity and sorority affairs manager. He interacts primarily with the Interfraternity Council and its members.

1 What problems is OSU experiencing recently with hazing?

OSU has experienced an inordinately high number of instances of hazing in the past few months. The technicalities of the policies and laws are very broad and as expectations of the institution rise the number of cases which will be adjudicated will increase.

2 Why was the hazing seminar necessary?

The hazing seminars that all members of Greek letter organizations on campus were required to attend introduced every fraternity/sorority member to raise awareness within the community. Some were surprised to hear what is actually considered hazing.

3 What did the hazing seminar focus on?

The hazing seminars focused on educating the students on recognizing hazing in all its forms and suggestions in formulating a way to confront those who may be hazing.

4 How has the hazing seminar effected the OSU campus so far?

The entire OSU family is more aware of behavior that will not be tolerated or supported by the administration. While not everyone attended the seminars everyone is aware they took place and has some idea of what they were about. Heightened awareness will reduce some bad behavior.

5 How will Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national decision to get rid of pledgeship affect hazing?

While the first thought is hazing will end those closer to the process believe the process will be more beneficial to the men due to the continuing educational process that the program includes. Traditional new member programs “teach” new members things about the organization and end with initiation. The SAE process will continue to educate the membership on life situations that grow or change with the young man’s needs as they proceed through their education.

 

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