IOWA CITY, Ia (KWWL ) — Body slamming, hot sauce in eyes and forcing underage students to binge drink are some of the allegations outlined in an email that led to a University of Iowa fraternity to be kicked off campus.
An email from the university’s office of the dean of students to the chapter president of Kappa Sigma fraternity outlined the allegations of hazing in detail.
The university said a two-month investigation found the troubling details to be true.
“We have high expectations for how we are responsible for the student’s health, safety and well-being and that is something we will not compromise,” UI Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers said in a press conference, Thursday night.
It was at that press conference that Shivers delivered the news that four fraternities had been de-registered as student organizations due to hazing and alcohol violations.
Shivers did not immediately go into detail about the accusations. Later the university provided email correspondents to each of the chapters.
In the letter to Kappa Sigma’s chapter president, it outlined the allegations of what happened.
- Placed the 2018 pledge class in a room and told them they needed to finish all the alcohol in the
room, including bottles of hard liquor, cases of beer, and bottles of wine, in a small allotted amount
of time. The majority of the 2018 pledge class consists of underage students.
- The 2018 pledge class was told to carry a book about the fraternity and not put it down. Alcohol was
involved in this incident and members who did not comply with the requirements were put through a
ritual known as “the gauntlet”, which included physical assault with the use of body slamming and
forcing members to fight through a wall of fraternity brothers.
- Members of the 2018 pledge class were told to arrive at 1:30am on November 2, 2018, and were put
through activities and events including squirting hot sauce into new members eyes.
- Members of the 2018 pledge class were told that initiation would be in the spring and they would be
required to arrive a week before classes begin to engage in “hell week” and they are not allowed to
leave at any time.
- The chapter hosted a private party at Union bar on October 11, 2018, which was not an approved
- The chapter provided wristbands to potential new members to attend an FAC event, known as “The
Jungle”, at the Summit bar on September 11, 2018.
“Certainly this is not an ideal place for us to be. Again, the fraternity and sorority system at Iowa is a storied one. It’s an important one. When fraternity and sorority life is done well, it can be exceptional,” Shivers said Thursday.
Kappa Sigma has until January 11 to appeal the decision. If the appeal fails, the fraternity would not be allowed back on campus for a minimum of four years.
The same can be said for the three other fraternities that were kicked off campus: Delta Chi, Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon colony.
These closures affect about 400 students in total.
New pledges from the disbanded fraternities still have the opportunity to join a different fraternity. The frat houses are privately owned so the students can still live there if the owners allow.
In Kappa Sigma’s case, the international organization behind the fraternity also voted to revoke the chapter.
“..after receiving reports that the Chapter had participated in activities that did not reflect the values of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The values of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity are established upon Fellowship, Leadership. Scholarship and Service,” Kappa Sigma Fraternity Executive Director Mitchell B. Wilson said in part in a statement.