Cal Poly sorority facing hazing investigation
February 22, 2013
Dean of Students Jean DeCosta said the university received an anonymous tip that hazing had occurred within the Chi Delta Theta sorority, but would not specify as to the type of alleged behavior. DeCosta said Chi Delta Theta must suspend all activities while the Greek Life Coordinator and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities conduct an investigation.
Cal Poly defines hazing as “any activity that causes physical or emotional harm, degradation or humiliation during initiation into a student organization.”
“It’s anything where we believe people are asked to do something as a condition to their membership that is against their will,” DeCosta said.
The university conducts about three hazing investigations each year. Punishment for organizations found to commit hazing can range from suspension of activities for a few months to loss of affiliation with the university.
The investigation is expected to last a week.