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The hazy hazing situation

After months of receiving responses like “All information being provided is included in the release that was sent” (Laurence Bolotin), “It would be inappropriate for anyone from our Department to comment” (Athletics, full email after jump), and “you’re on Bwog I’m not gonna tell you anything, assface” (all our friends), we finally got an email of substance from none other than Columbia Student Affairs.  While leaving out the specifics, it clears up some of the timeline of the past year in ZBT:

“In the spring of 2013, ZBT was placed on social probation and submitted a plan of action which outlined how they were going to meet the conditions of their probation. The submitted plan was approved. It was clearly articulated to ZBT that at any point during the deferred suspension period, they would face further sanctioning if the chapter failed to meet the standards of its own plan or the actions of any individual, alumni, or guest was found to be in violation of University standards, codes or guidelines, and/or failed to comply with the procedures and criteria outlined by the Residential Programs- Fraternity & Sorority Life recognition policy.

After a careful review, it was determined that ZBT failed to abide by these expectations. As such, further disciplinary action was implemented. The decision has been made to revoke the Zeta Beta Tau chapter house, located at 627 W. 115th Street. ZBT will continue to be recognized on campus and participate in all IGC activities and events, including recruitment this fall.”

And in response to a question about if the hazing incident mentioned in Bolotin’s statement was the same that SA reviewed this past semester:

“It was brought to the University’s attention that an incident occurred during the fall 2012 semester in the ZBT residence that may have involved hazing. Student Affairs initiated a thorough review of the organization and individuals involved with the case, and it was determined that an act of hazing took place in the house. As a result, all individuals found responsible received judicial sanctions.”

Between the careful phrasing of “hazing took place in the house” and Bolotin’s assurance that it was non-affiliated students, we can’t help but remember the permeating rumors of the women’s field hockey team’s involvement, though you of course can draw your own conclusions.

Needless to say, if you know anything about this, email us at, or use our anonymous tip-form.

Most recent comment from Athletics:

“The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education is not involved in any disciplinary sanctions regarding on-campus student groups and organizations. It would be inappropriate for anyone from our Department to comment on a matter that falls under the campus jurisdiction of the Office of Student Affairs (however, due to federal privacy law, the Office of Student Affairs will also be limited in its ability to discuss the specifics of such matters).

The athletics program, its coaches and administrators strongly oppose – and would never condone – any and all hazing activities.”

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous yea Bwog you assface!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Sig chi is next

  • Sick of this says:

    @Sick of this God let it go. Who cares

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous @Sick of this: And yet you’re commenting.

      This affects students – maybe not you, but a group of students. Bwog should report on this, not sure why you think they shouldn’t.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Let’s get rid of them all and have a university not a Stanford prison experiment.

    1. oh sweet says:

      @oh sweet now I’m only one box away on my Columbia psyche/sociology buzzword bingo card.

      can someone help me out and casually drop the Milgram experiment real quick?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Out of curiosity, does anyone know what exactly the hazing was, or at least have something more substantial than “It was hazing”? The mention of the women’s hockey team makes me think that some Uncomfortable Butt Stuff went on.

    In conclusion, shut down the frats shut down Bwog shut down Columbia pls tia.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous sounds like good fapping material

  • OIL says:

    @OIL Columbia will never be a friend to Greeks. Keep shutting ’em all down and keep your #1 stressful school tag. Terry Martinez can go suck a fatty

    1. Dean Virgil says:

      @Dean Virgil It is not that we’re not friends with Greeks, it’s just that we feel that we can do in 12 books of one epic what took them 24 books in two.


      Dean Virgil
      Office of Curia Affairs
      Columbia University

      1. It's Vergil says:

        @It's Vergil you pissant. Publius Vergilius Maro. Go back to the Middle Ages with that superstitious spelling.

  • were they on says:

    @were they on double secret probation? serious stuff

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