The University of Alabama's chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi has been placed on probation for hazing, but school officials aren't saying why the sorority is being disciplined.
University spokesman Cathy Andreen said the sorority, one of 19 on campus, will serve probation for two years.
The chapter, founded in 1967 and one of 178 across North America, avoided the more serious punishment of suspension. But probation is a stiffer penalty than a warning.
The Tuscaloosa News, which reported the probation in today's edition.
Chapter president Kristin Bradbury and officials at the sorority's international office in Brentwood, Tennessee, were not available for comment.
The university defines hazing as "any mental or physical requirement or obligation placed upon a person by a member of an organization, individual or a group of individuals, which could cause discomfort, pain, or injury."
Its the second such action taken by UA officials this year. In June, the university suspended Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity until April of 2005 for hazing activities.
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- Hazing is defined as "Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.” - - Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group
Types of Hazing
- Subtle Hazing - Actions that are against accepted sorority or fraternity standards of conduct, behavior and good tastes. An activity or attitude directed toward a pledge or an act which ridicules, humiliates or embarrasses.
- - Harassment Hazing - Anything that causes mental anguish or physical discomfort to the pledge. Any activity or activity directed toward a pledge or activity which confuses, frustrates or causes undue stress.
Myths & Facts
- Myth: Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily.
- Fact: Hazing is a societal problem. Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations. Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.
- Myth: Hazing is no more than foolish pranks that sometimes go awry.
- Fact: Hazing is an act of power and control over others --- it is victimization. Hazing is pre-meditated and not accidental. Hazing is abusive, degrading and can be life-threatening.
- Myth: If someone agrees to participate in an activity, it can't be considered hazing.
- Fact: In states that have laws against hazing consent of the victim can't be used as a defense in a civil suit.
Source: http://www.stophazing.org contributed to this report.