Duke University students ask administrators to stop alleged hazing at black fraternities, sororities

Posted November 13, 2017 2:57 p.m. EST
Updated November 13, 2017 3:15 p.m. EST

A Duke University student group is calling on school administrators to do more to stop alleged hazing activities that students seeking admission to black fraternities and sororities are forced to undergo.

The group, known as Concerned Black Students at Duke University, sent a letter last week to school officials and student leaders, alleging that the university has turned a blind eye to hazing practices by African American fraternities and sororities that exist on the Duke campus.

The concerned students sent their letter to Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, and cited abuses by the Greek chapters that operate under the authority of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The NPHC is the governing council for the eight black Greek organizations that have student members at Duke.

NPHC "organizations at Duke have had a long history of using mental, physical and emotional abuse as part of their pledging process," the students wrote in their letter to school administrators. "Not only is this abuse illegal, it infringes on prohibitions on hazing set to protect all students at this university."

The group is asking school administrators to investigate and sanction Greek organizations that are involved in hazing. School officials said the intake process for joining the minority Greek organizations are different than their counterparts. But university rules specifically prohibit hazing.

"There have indeed been reports of hazing on this campus that we cannot ignore and I do not turn a deaf ear to cries that we address these concerns," Dr. Michael Ivory Jr., president of the Black Student Alliance, wrote in a social media post to Facebook.

Moneta has rejected the hazing allegations while adding that one group is currently under investigation for alleged hazing activities.