Fraternity implements new zero-tolerance hazing policy
Ashley Feibish / Editor in Chief
Zero-tolerance. This is Sigma Chi Fraternity’s new
stance on the issue of hazing.
Sigma Chi Fraternity Grand Consul Lee Beauchamp announced
the new zero-tolerance policy, effective immediately, Jan. 31
via conference call to the 225 Sigma Chi chapters
Members of Sigma Chi from four North Carolina schools,
including Elon, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest
met at Elon Saturday to discuss the new policy.
“Quite frankly, we can’t stay in operation with
that type of risk (hazing) hanging over our heads,”
said Will Yeldell, grand praetor for the North Carolina
chapter. “And if we are even seen as someone endorsing
‘OK’ you can get away with a little bit, we open
the door even slightly, one organization, one chapter steps
through that door too far, it could shut us all down.”
Yeldell said hazing is difficult to eradicate because people
develop a mindset of “it happened to me.”
“Conferences like this end up being hazing discussions
for hours upon hours. So having a good strict policy is a
good way—there’s not ambiguity anymore,”
said Josh Daniel, former president of Elon’s Sigma Chi.
The policy correlates with negative publicity that
fraternities have received.
Mike Giurato, grand praetor for the South Carolina chapter
recorded 71 negative fraternity incidents from Oct. 2004 to
Feb. 2005. The incidents ranged from the death of pledges to
“After asbestos-removing firms and nursing homes,
fraternities are the third most risky organization to insure.
We are fraught with risk, with opportunity for lawsuits, for
liability, for those types of legal challenges,”
“It’s awesome that I have the five other guys on
the executive council that are listening to this kind of
stuff, getting a new perspective of things—we can
implement it (the policy) together,” said Elliott
Cardano, current president of the Sigma Chi chapter at Elon.
Abuse of alcohol, which often plays a role in hazing
incidents, was also a major topic at the conference Saturday.
Yeldell said he hopes the policy will decrease liability
risks and prevent the further mistreatment of future members.
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