Wanted: Better approach to preventing hazing

An editorial from the Daily Athenaeum

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A third arrest was made Friday in connection with a hazing incident within the West Virginia University chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

A 19-year-old Phi Kappa Psi pledge and WVU student was allegedly injured during a hazing incident Nov. 15, in which involved multiple fraternity brothers assaulting the victim while he was participating in initiation at the fraternity. The victim told police he suffered a concussion and also required stitches on his chin.

The fraternity has since been suspended from campus, two arrests have been made and the MPD is continuing its investigation.

While we applaud WVU, the fraternity’s national chapter and the Morgantown Police Department for their continued efforts and for investigating the incident, something has to change.

Bob Campione, interim director of Student Organization Services, said all pledges are required to attend an anti-hazing session prior to beginning their pledging processes.

During this session, each pledge is taught the negative effects of hazing and the repercussions when hazing occurs. All attendees sign an agreement stating they understand and agree to abide by the state laws against hazing as well as University policies.

Universities all across the country have similar practices, as well.

But yet, incidents at WVU and across the nation still arise.

These types of incidents are bringing a negative image to innocent groups and their universities as a whole.

And it’s not just limited to Greek life…

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