Sorority not guilty of hazing
A Seton Hall official said activities involving Alpha Gamma Delta, which brought national organization representatives to campus last week, did not involve hazing.
“None of the actions were found to be in violation of the University’s hazing policy,” Karen Van Norman, associate vice president and dean of students, said. “The sorority remains in good standing.”
Van Norman said the University participated in the investigation of the Zeta Tau Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta.
She contacted The Setonian via telephone in regards to the investigation.
According to the press release, representatives from the International Headquarters were conducting interviews with new and existing members of Zeta Tau on-campus in order to investigate “potentially inappropriate activities.”
“Through these interviews, it was discovered that the Alpha Experience, the sanctioned International Fraternity new member education program, was not being used as intended and that inappropriate activities relating to the new member period may have occurred,” the press release stated.
Van Norman also said the activities involved the Alpha Experience.
When Van Norman was asked explicitly whether the activities were considered hazing, she said they were “not.”
According to the University’s policy, hazing is defined as “any action taken or situation created (on or off campus) to cause, or place in jeopardy of, physical or mental harm, discomfort, embarrassment, ridicule or mistreatment.”
According to the press release, the International Fraternity has ensured that the inappropriate activities have ceased. Alpha Gamma Delta will also be working with Seton Hall’s chapter to create a plan that will enable new members to resume, as well as improving the member development program.
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