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It was an awesome, and rather surprising, conclusion to a common situation. We’re all accustomed to “hazing allegations” and their impact on our chapters. Once those accusations are dropped, your recourse is null, apart from a few ballsy alumni, and it’s all too often a waiting game until the guilty verdict is announced and the sentencing knocks your ass right off the campus map.
On October 29, Quinnipiac University’s Beta Theta Pi chapter received a cease and desist letter from the school stating that they had essentially endangered the university’s students and it was time to shut everything down until some facts could arise.
From NBC Connecticut:
“The university has issued the fraternity a cease and desist order prohibiting it from operating at the university until the student conduct process is completed,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “With the safety and security of our students being paramount, the university will simply not tolerate hazing of any kind by any group or individual and will act swiftly to remove from the community those held responsible.”
Nothing new. Anybody who saw the headline had likely already come to one conclusion in their mind: guilty as charged. That’s how it works, right? We’ve seen it play out the tradition route so many times, which is always disheartening to see the exclusive minority become even smaller due to what is all too often the actions of a few.
News broke this morning that somehow, somewhere, a logical and fair thought entered the mind of a university administrator or national representative. No rogue anti-Greek faculty got their hands in this mess, and because of that, Beta Theta Pi was cleared of all hazing allegations.
From NBC Connecticut:
The Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Quinnipiac University has been cleared of hazing allegations and the cease and desist order the school issued has been lifted, according to a university spokesperson.
“The cease and desist order issued to Beta Theta Pi was lifted Wednesday after it was determined that the fraternity was found not responsible for hazing violations,” Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell said in a statement.
The chapter tweeted out the following after the verdict was announced.
We are and always have been Men of Principle
— Beta Theta Pi – QU (@Beta_Quinnipiac) November 19, 2015
We’re still unsure as to what exactly the allegations stated. Hazing is such a broad term it could’ve landed on either end of a very vast spectrum. In the end, though, it feels pretty damn awesome to write about a chapter doing everything right and being granted the ability to remain on campus. If only more of these investigations had such a positive ending..
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