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Hazing

Student Organization Hazing History

Student organizations are a big part of campus life. To be more transparent about the behavior of our registered student organizations, Wright State University has created a space to acknowledge their violations.

This is a listing of student organizations that have been through the university conduct process for alleged hazing behavior in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Any conduct investigation in the past five years is listed with the charges against the organization, whether or not they were found responsible for the violation, sanctions, and whether the sanctions have been completed. Student Involvement and Leadership will update this information on January 1 and August 1 each year.

Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity

Type of Incident Date of Incident Date of Resolution Current Status
B2-1 Hazing or similar act March 4, 2021 (reported to CSSC on March 16) April 4, 2021, for individuals
April 14, 2021, for organization

All sanctions for the organization are complete.

Outstanding sanctions exist for three individuals as of January 2022.

Summary of Accusation

Sigma Phi Epsilon self-reported that on the morning of Thursday, March 4, Sigma Phi Epsilon Ohio Pi’s Standards Board received notification of an allegation of hazing involving two active members in their chapter. After being notified, they immediately contacted the members and the others involved in this allegation to determine what had happened and what their chapter was going to do regarding solving the issue. They procured sanctions for both of the members involved that the university believes are fair and reasonable for their actions in this allegation, including expulsion or suspension from the organization. The reported hazing incident involved only newly initiated members participating in the “cookie run.” No other members participate in the incident.

Outcome of Investigation

Sigma Phi Epsilon Ohio Pi’s chapter was found responsible for policy violation B2-1 Hazing or similar act. Three individual members were found responsible in addition to the organization.

Sanctions

Sanctions for Organization

All sanctions are complete.

  • Warning
  • Administrative Fee
  • Educational Program
    • All active members are required (except individuals graduating spring 2021) to participate in hazing prevention education for involving regional and national Sigma Phi Epsilon leadership within the next 90 days with proof of completion submitted by regional and national Sigma Phi Epsilon leadership to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. Pre-approval of the program by the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct is required prior to the program occurring by submitting an outline to studentconduct@wright.edu.
  • Educational Program
    • All active members are required (except individuals graduating spring 2021) to participate in bystander education involving regional/national Sigma Phi Epsilon leadership.

    Sanctions for Individuals

    Sanctions for two individuals; all sanctions are complete except probation period has not expired.

    • Warning
    • Administrative Fee
    • Probation
      Start Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
      Expiration Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
    • Loss Of Privilege
      Start Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
      Expiration Date: Thursday, December 31, 2099
      • The withdrawal of a privilege, use of a service, participation in a program, event, or activity. Membership is paused for any student organization in which a student is a member until successfully completing hazing prevention education.
    • Suggested Prevention Zone educational program

    Sanctions for the third individual; the educational program is not complete and the probation period has not expired.

    • Warning
    • Administrative Fee
    • Probation
      Start Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
      Expiration Date: Friday, July 8, 2022
    • Educational Program
      Start Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
      Expiration Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021
    • Educational Program
      • Successful completion of bystander intervention education

      Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

      Type of Incident Date of Incident Date of Resolution Current Status
      B2-1 Hazing or similar act June 1, 2019 (reported to CSSC January 1, 2020) February 28, 2020 No sanctions are complete as of January 2022.

      Summary of Accusation

      A series of events during the summer and into the fall of 2019 involving potential hazing was reported to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. A prospective member reported hazing including unauthorized late meetings, yelling, threats of physical violence, being blindfolded and burned with hot candle wax.

      Outcome of Investigation

      Lambda Rho Chapter Zeta Phi Beta chapter was found responsible for policy violation B2-1 Hazing or similar act.

      Sanctions

      Sanctions for Organization

      Sanctions for organization; none of the sanctions are complete.

      • The Lambda Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at Wright State University is suspended until August 1, 2023.
      • The Lambda Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. must fulfill the following reorganization plan to be eligible to return to Wright State University’s campus. Once this reorganization plan is met, the Lambda Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will be able to engage in their membership intake process as early as Fall Semester 2023. Please note, recognized organization status will not be given until this plan is completed to the satisfaction of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct.
      • Provide the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership and the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct with a petition to return to campus. This petition may be presented as early as January 2023 and must include the following:
        • An action plan detailing ways Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will ensure no hazing occurs during their membership intake process.
        • An action plan detailing expectations of alumni involvement in Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc. membership intake process
        • An action plan detailing how the organization will ensure the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is notified appropriately and in advance of the membership intake process starting.
        • Demonstrate an understanding of hazing and provide evidence of attendance at hazing prevention training for anyone member involved in the membership intake process.
        • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. must demonstrate the active involvement of their regional office in their membership intake process. This active involvement should include meeting(s) with Wright State University’s fraternity and sorority life advisor and attendance at organizational events.
      • Future violations of these policies may result in the Lambda Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. being permanently removed from Wright State University’s campus.
      • No member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., alumni or active, is to have any contact with any witness who provided information during the conduct conference.

        Sanctions for Individuals

        There were no sanctions for individuals.

        Complete definitions of sanctions can be accessed on the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct’s website.