The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Sigma Lamda Beta fraternity is among several in the spotlight after accusations of hazing and other inappropriate or criminal actions.
The Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisers Executive Director and CEO Mark Koepsell says hazing is the biggest issue they deal with – period.
Koepsell says, “It is the biggest thing we have to deal with every day, every week and every month. Obviously the entire system is not representative of that kind of behavior. If it was it wouldn’t exist.”
Koepsell says hazing is defined as anything that can be perceived as demeaning, either physically or mentally, to another person. He says since perception from individual to individual changes and that is why it is so hard to work with.
Koepsell says they constantly try to eliminate that “Animal House” mentality. He says, “Unfortunately that movie that led people to believe that A, what is and B, let them to believe that is what it should be. If you actually look at individual new member programs that are out there they are based on lets understand the history, let’s understand our values, where we come from. What does it mean for brotherhood or sisterhood. What is our service project. How do we set you up for success academically and on a good career path.”
A University of Oklahoma fraternity remains in the spotlight after an event earlier this month involving racist chants. A Penn State University fraternity was also suspended after accusations of hazing, drug deals and posting pictures of nude women on a secret social media page.