FAMU Suspends Its Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chapter for Hazing

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The Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. at FAMU has been suspended for hazing.

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Just days after 12 former FAMU students were charged with manslaughter for the hazing death of Robert Champion, Jr., the university released a press release regarding the suspension of the Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and several of its members. FAMU stated the chapter is on “inactive status” until an investigation is completed in reference to an alleged hazing report. The incident was reported on the university’s anti-hazing website. This is the same chapter that was put on inactive status last month.

We believe that all of the measures that we have put in place have increased overall campus awareness of hazing,” said Bryan Smith, assistant to the president for anti-hazing. “We will investigate this complaint as with any that is brought to our attention. Once this investigation is completed, the inactive status may be lifted or if warranted, additional sanctions may incur.” The school has received a plethora of bad press since the death of Champion. FAMU has made sweeping changes to enhance its efforts to promote a zero tolerance for hazing. One of those changes was the position of special assistant to the president for anti-hazing, who is responsible for tracking all complaints and ensure the complaints are fully investigated and resolved.

The university has also added two new positions in the Division of Student Affairs – a director of judicial affairs and a coordinator of judicial affairs – to provide additional support and oversight. A new anti-hazing website, which was used to report this incident, also serves as a resource for information and an avenue for students to seek help and report hazing. FAMU’s interim president, Dr. Larry Robinson, released a statement about the incident: “This is a very unfortunate situation. We applaud and continue to encourage those students who are coming forward to report incidents of hazing. We remain vigilant in our efforts to make it clear that hazing is a serious issue and we have a zero tolerance policy toward it.”

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13 Responses to FAMU Suspends Its Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Chapter for Hazing

  1. Miss T

    WTH is wrong with you educated negroes? Haven’t Black people been beaten enough? Who gives a damm about what white schools do…stop following these devils and follow the legacy of nobility, pride and honor.

  2. Tee

    When will these kids wake the FUNK up! they need to start charging their behinds and putting them in jail if they have to. And for those who say that is to harsh I say Robert Champion! Enough is enough!

  3. R

    Its funny how we have automatically condemned these young women. There are alot of politics that go into becoming a member of a BGLO. People know that folks are under fire and so will do whatever if they become angry. People make complaints all the time if they arent chosen for membership or they feel as the the members arent paying them any attention and dont feel like they are in a position to “make it”. Beta Alpha DOES NOT haze. This I know. So that girl is just angry because they dont want her. Its like dear. You wont be chosen for everything you apply for…ugh!

  4. Carla K.

    Nobody in this thread knows what happened. Hazing can be as simple as dressing alike to acts leading to death. Consider holding off of the assumptions.

    • Farrow

      Whatever the allegations are, the is never any excuse or justification for hazing. As a member of this great sorority for the past 25 years, I find it absurd that some it’s members resort to this behavior. Once again, they need to READ their manuals and know the rules. Ignorance or the law is no automatic pardon for breaking the law. Also, others in the group have to stop being afraid and speak up when they see infractions occur.

  5. I am not a college person. I really don’t understand the reasoning for hazing. People like me don’t even hear about hazing unless some damage has been done to someone. When this takes place, I think about this being a white persons play time in college. Ofcause this is not true because it is also a black fun in college thing. So it has no color. How is it that college people play this game and it is called hazing and when junior high do the same thing it is called by another name and the school gets a bad name? what is the different when it is danger coming from either side?

  6. Teatime Talk

    Who/where is the Grad Chapter advisor to these undergrad young women? Many of the things experienced while pledging helps to build self confidence and strengthen character. Wearing the same clothing as all the other pledges teaches one that your clothes do not define who you are. However, it does promote bonding because you “are” wearing the same clothing while maintaining your individual personality. Some young girls today are trying to prove their “toughness” and “meanness” like the boys
    . Unfortunately, that mentality can lead straight to jail.

  7. Latricia Henderson

    These events are simply a sign of the current mood of the world. Hit, kill, lie,cheat,steal, etc. just because. We are now guility of what was done to us by others. What a sad commentary on us and life! There are so many other positive things to be done other than killing and hurting each other.

  8. Actually Rational

    So quick to believe everything written in black and white… Have you heard how the police dropped the investigation because there was no evidence of hazing? Have you heard the “victims” of the so-called “hazing” protest and demand the school stop labeling them as something they are not? Have you heard how the school mistakenly accused alumni (who no longer even live in the city) of participating and later withdraw their accusation because they jumped the gun?? So quick to blame but what happened to guilty until proven innocent? The university is obviously trying to put up a front like they have this iron fist they are laying down on the face of hazing but they are really just irrationally reacting to rumors and feeding in to propaganda… at the detriment of an organization AND students who have to suffer from the ill-informed derision from the likes of you people… Disgusting.

  9. Actually Rational

    *innocent until proven guilty.

  10. As a Delta Darling (50 years in Delta), I encourage our young sisters to remember the time when Delta was founded. Our search for equality and respect as women of color was our goal then and still remains so today. We Black women have suffered too much from the hands of others to impose this hardship on ourselves. I encourage the alumni chapters in the area to take these young women “under their wings”. It is obvious that they need the wisdom of the elders. If the allegations are proven true, the entire undergrad chapter needs to be revamped. Good luck to my young sisters

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