Thursday, March 01, 2007

Davidson frat investigated for possible hazing

School investigating possible hazing incident
By NICOLE KONKAL / WCNC

The Dean of Students Office at Davidson College is investigating an incident that occurred at a campus fraternity this weekend that sent two students to the hospital. The fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, known as SigEp, approached the dean of students earlier this week after an incident at their house Saturday night. They told the college that two of their new members had been drinking. They said other members became concerned and took them to the hospital.

Earlier this morning WCNC spoke with a representative at the fraternity’s headquarters in Virginia. They said the two students were taken to the hospital, given intravenous fluids and were then released. SigEp also said they are conducting interviews at the Davidson chapter to see if hazing was at all a part of Saturday night’s festivities. Hazing is illegal in the state of North Carolina.

A representative from Davidson College released this statement:
“Leaders of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity admitted Tuesday evening that alcohol was served to minors at a fraternity function this past weekend. Two of the minors were briefly hospitalized as a result of the incident.

An investigation is underway by the Dean of Students Office and the Patterson Court Council to gather the facts and determine whether adjudication is warranted. In the meantime, all pledging activities of the chapter have been suspended.”

The college said if action is taken against the two students that information would be kept confidential. But if reprimands are given to the fraternity, it would be public knowledge. They said the investigation could take a month.