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While Indiana University-Bloomington is far from a renowned university, they have certainly created their share of strange news stories in the last few years. You may recall the time the IU-Bloomington Spelunking Club forgot a member in a cave for three days.
More recently, after a Tau Kappa Epsilon pledge broke his jaw in a freak non-hazing related incident, brothers are outraged over their lengthy suspension following the events.
From The College Fix:
Indiana University-Bloomington handed out similar punishments to a student organization that left one its members licking water off cave walls for survival, and a fraternity that rushed a new member to the hospital after fainting in their party room… A member of the fraternity, who told The College Fix he fears retaliation because the university has threatened other members who spoke out, said the incident took place after new-member induction and group pictures were taken.
The fraternity brothers and new members were asked to await the executive board’s speeches inside TKE Gamma Kappa’s party room, the brother told The Fix in a phone interview.
Everyone was encouraged to pick up trash in the room, which hadn’t been cleaned since the previous party, while they were waiting.
While doing so, one of the inductees fainted and hit his head on the concrete floor, breaking his jaw. The anonymous brother agrees with Field’s assertion on the GoFundMe page that the whole thing was “a complete freak accident.”
While details of what really happened the night of the injury remain blurry, it does seem as if they acted accordingly and thus should be granted innocence, but university officials disagree. Members of the fraternity insist that the newly initiated brother simply fainted and hit his face on the concrete floor, leading them to immediately drive him to nearest ER to avoid ambulance fees, and the injured brother has fully supported these claims.
TKE has since faced suspension for “alcohol” and “non-compliance with Greek Organization Agreement.” TKE has also decided to lawyer up for what they have considered unfair treatment by the university..
[via The College Fix]
Image via Twitter/ @IU_TKE