Tuesday, May 10, 2011

SUNY Plattsburgh Creates Policy on Hazing Amnesty

SUNY Plattsburgh did a Hazing Amnesty Program for the first time this semester.
SUNY Plattsburgh

Hazing Amnesty Program


The Committee on Fraternal Affairs created a subcommittee to explore the creation of a hazing amnesty program to encourage fraternities and sororities to come forward for assistance in eliminating hazing or other problematic practices from their new member education programs without any penalty from the College or governance councils. The subcommittee consisted of Dave Esselborn, Interfraternity Council President; Tyler Bellick, Interfraternity Council Vice President for Standards; Alaina Storck, Inter-Sorority Association Vice President for Education; and Allison Swick-Duttine, Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life.

Because the Committee on Fraternal Affairs believes that hazing destroys the integrity of the Fraternity/Sorority Community, as well as provides an unhealthy organizational climate, the committee recommends the following:

Any member of a fraternity or sorority may contact the Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life between now and a minimum of two weeks before the beginning of their Spring 2011 new member education program (or by 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – which ever date comes first), to request assistance with eliminating hazing from their new member education programs. Those organizations who come forward will receive no penalty if they commit to changing their new member education programs and follow through with an agreed upon action plan. Individuals should also be encouraged to come forward even if all members of the group are not in full consensus. The anonymity of these individuals will be protected. The goal of this amnesty period is to eliminate hazing, not to penalize individuals or organizations.
After March 1, 2011:

  1. Fraternities and sororities found to be responsible for hazing will face organizational judicial action which may include suspension or withdrawal of recognition. The Committee on Fraternal Affairs recommends to the Vice President of Student Affairs that appeals not be granted to groups found to be in violation of the hazing policy. 
  2. Furthermore, the Committee on Fraternal Affairs recommends that any chapter member found responsible for involvement in hazing activities (including executive officers, new member educators, big brothers/big sisters, etc.) be held personally accountable and liable for the actions of their group which may lead to suspension or dismissal from SUNY Plattsburgh. The Committee on Fraternal Affairs recommends to the Judicial Appeals Board that appeals not be granted to students found responsible for hazing.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Allison Swick-Duttine


Recommended to the Vice President for Student Affairs
by the Committee on Fraternal Affairs
December 8, 2010

Approved by Vice President for Student Affairs
December 8, 2010