This item originally appeared in the February 17, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.
By RINDY METCALF
Associate Managing Editor
The Kappa Alpha Order will be prohibited from participating in any social functions, such as recruitment until fall 2005.
Tech's student organizations committee met Feb. 2 in Keeny Hall, Room 331, to decide the fate of the KAs as a result of the December hazing incident.
The chapter must organize and sponsor three hazing education presentations within the next academic year and adhere to other sanctions as endorsed by the committee and the organization's national office during the meeting.
"We believe [the hearing] was fairly conducted and that the sanctions are acceptable to us," said Dr. Gary Stokley, the Kappa Alpha faculty adviser and an associate professor of social sciences.
"Basically, we apologize to the university and to the national administrative office of the Kappa Alpha Order for violations to our risk management policy.
"I believe that the university has fulfilled its obligation in terms of penalties."
Stokley said though the fraternity does not welcome the penalties, he does understand why they have been put in place and the fraternity will work hard to comply with them.
He also said, "While the penalties can and will do damage to our reputation, I believe that the young men who will remain in [the fraternity] will respond to this and the challenges that they face."
Andy Cummings, the student who brought allegations against the fraternity, could not be reached for comment.
Dickie Crawford, the dean of student life and auxiliary services, said hazing has been on the decline since he took his position six years ago.
"I think here we've seen a decrease and it has to be with the educational component we're putting in place," Crawford said. "We're finding when students come here and they get involved in Greek activities, we, along with the national organization, educate them on the importance of not hazing."
Crawford also said student organizations are educated on the impact of their actions, what hazing can mean to the organization and what it can mean for the university.
"They get a better understanding of 'these are our expectations and 'these are the consequences' if you do not meet those expectations' and then following through on the consequences," Crawford said.
Stephen Bell, a member of the student organization committee and a senior biology major, said the role of the members in the committee was to listen to the evidence presented by the university and the police as well as the testimony from the parties involved and ask questions about the incident. Ê
"The committee reached its decision by listening to all the evidence and testimony and making a decision based on past incidents involving hazing," Bell said.
"The decision we reached was consistent with those handed down by the student organizations committee in the past concerning hazing problems of this nature."
Bell said he feels the committee's decision was correct and each member was in agreement about what should be done.
"I think it's unfortunate that this sort of thing goes on and that a lot of university resources have to be spent on them," Bell said.
"Hopefully all campus organizations can learn from this and make improvements for the future."