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Campus Violations

Openness v. Secrecy

Secrecy perpetuates hazing. It keeps new members from being aware of what risks they are taking when joining an organization. In the aftermath of a hazing incident, secrecy also shields organizations from the natural consequences of their actions (e.g., harm to the group’s reputation). Therefore, it is important that the Cornell community examine cases of hazing openly and explicitly. 

Disciplinary Responsibility 

Individuals and organizations that are caught hazing may be referred to the Office of the Judicial Administrator. When hazing occurs within an athletic team, the Director of Athletics and Physical Education and team coach intervene. In cases involving fraternities or sororities, hazing violations are addressed within either the self-governing Greek judicial system or by a university review board. 

The Sunshine Policy 

Cornell’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Association (Panhel) and the Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) have adopted a “Sunshine Policy” through which “misconduct that exhibits hazing and/or a threat or disregard for students’ mental or physical health and safety” will have their actions made public.

Fraternities, sororities and other groups that self-disclose hazing to officials and eliminate these practices from their new members programs will not be subject to the Sunshine Policy.

This page also lists violations by athletic teams and other student organizations.  

The University’s Goal 

Cornell’s goal, when possible, is to educate and promote change within organizations that haze. In most cases, fraternities and sororities that are caught hazing are required to work with university staff to revise their new member process. In some hazing cases, however, it is neither feasible nor appropriate to seek change. In such cases, organization will be closed and lose University recognition.

List of Violations

Campus hazing violations (from Fall 2005 through present) are broken down by semester in the navigation at left. A listing of the organizations involved in recent semesters is also provided below. 

Fall 2013

  • Men's Varsity Lacrosse Team: Cornell Athletics

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Spring 2013

  • Phi Kappa Psi Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Chi Psi Fraternity Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Delta Phi Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Lambda Theta Phi Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter
  • Sigma Lambda Upsilon Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter
  • Sigma Nu Interfraternity Council chapter

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Fall 2012

  • Alpha Epsilon Phi Panhellenic Council chapter
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Tau Epsilon Phi Interfraternity Council chapter

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Spring 2012

  • Phi Sigma Sigma Panhellenic Council chapter
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi Interfraternity Council Chapter
  • Sigma Chi Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Interfraternity Council chapter

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Fall 2011

  • alpha Kappa Delta Phi Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter

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Spring 2011

  • Psi Upsilon Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Pi Kappa Phi Interfraternity Coucil chapter
  • Alpha Gamma Rho
  • Alpha Delta Phi Interfraternity Council chapter
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Interfraternity Council chapter

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Spring 2010

  • Pi Kappa Alpha (Interfraternity Council chapter)
  • Alpha Delta Phi (Interfraternity Council chapter)

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Spring 2009 

  • Pi Delta Psi Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) Fraternity
  • Kappa Alpha Theta (Panhellenic Council chapter)
  • Sigma Nu (Interfraternity Council chapter)

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Fall 2008 

  • Delta Gamma (Panhellenic Council chapter) 

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Spring 2008

  • Kappa Phi Lambda (Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter) 

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Fall 2007

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma (Panhellenic Council chapter)
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter)
  • Varsity Women's Soccer Team

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Spring 2007

  • Pi Kappa Alpha (Interfraternity Council chapter) 
  • Lambda Theta Phi (Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter)
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi (Panhellenic Association chapter)

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