Introduction

Involvement in a student organization is a powerful experience in the development of individuals. In order to allow our students to make a discerning choice about their involvement, Furman University began reporting conduct violations by organizations in the fall of 2016. The conduct report is updated at the end of each fall and spring academic semester; violations are made public for four years from the semester the violation occurred.

Below you will find a condensed report of violations involving alcohol, drugs, sexual misconduct, physical violence, or hazing. These violations may stem from acts of individuals; however, in each instance the behavior was either closely linked to organizational activity, occurred in an environment permitted by the organization, or represented illegal or otherwise prohibited behavior condoned by the organization’s membership. Consequently, the organization was held responsible in addition to any conduct action involving  the individual(s) involved. The description of complaint section offers details from the intial complaint recieved by the institution. Consequently, it may differ slighlty from the actual facts of the violation.

In addition to the corrective action taken by Furman that is outlined below, each organization may take additional steps to self-correct issues via an internal standards board, membership review conducted by the national office of the organization, or other similar processes. Those actions are not represented below.

Furman’s conduct process is designed to be educational, restorative, and consequential. Organization are given the opportunity to learn from past mistakes and move forward positively. Consequently, a history of violations does not necessarily represent an on-going negative environment or culture within that organization.​

Conduct Report

​Organization Name ​Date of Incident
& Resolution
​Violation(s): ​ Description of Complaint
​Tau Kappa Epsilon ​10/30/18 & 1/11/18

(Delay due to 9/22/18 police investigation and conduct resolution followed by  exam period. Chapter activity suspended during conduct process.)
​Failure to comply;
Disorderly conduct;
Providing environment for underage [alcohol] consumption;
Distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals;
Sponsorship/hosting an unauthorized party; and
Failure to adhere to risk management policies.
​While chapter social activity was suspended due to 9/22/18 incident, Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted a party in a North Village apartment in which underage potential new members were provided alcohol. An underage student was transported to the hospital due to alcohol consumption at the event. All chapter activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Tau Kappa Epsilon ​Spring 2018 (reported 10/18/18)
&
1/11/18

(
Delay due to 9/22/18 police investigation and conduct resolution followed by  exam period. Chapter activity suspended during conduct process.)
​Hazing (organizational);
Providing environment for underage [alcohol] consumption;
Distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals; and
Failure to adhere to risk management policies.
​A student came forward with information regarding hazing. The subsequent investigation found instances of personal servitude (cleaning rooms, doing laundry, etc.), physical hazing (requiring push-ups, planks, etc. if students got fraternity trivia questions wrong, as well as being required to sit in a steaming bathroom and being required to stand outside in the cold  without coats and sweatshirts), and alcohol consumption (new members given champagne to drink on "Bid Night"). Additionally, Tau Kappa Epsilon held unregistered recruitment events at their house during the fall 2017 semester in which alcohol was knowingly provided to underage men to pre-game going to other events/bars. All chapter activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Tau Kappa Epsilon
​9/22/18 & 12/3/18 ​Failure to adhere to risk management policies; providing environment for underage alcohol consumption; distributing/provision of alcohol to underage individuals; possession of a common bulk container; and evidence of or participation in a drinking game ​Tau Kappa Epsilon hosted a dry house party in which alcohol was furnished by the chapter to of-age and underage guests. Four women were transported to the hospital by Furman after attending the event. The women reported concerns their drinks had been tampered with. A joint investigation by Greenville County Sherriff's Office and Furman Police found no evidence that members of Tau Kappa Epsilon tampered with any drinks. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Sigma Nu ​5/29/18 & 9/5/18
​Failure to adhere to Risk Management Policies;
Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption; and
Distribution/provision of alcohol to underage individuals
​Sigma Nu hosted an unregistered event at their house. A member of age purchased and provided an underage member alcohol. The underage member  returned to campus and sprayed a fire extinguisher into the HVAC system of a residence hall, which resulted in evacuation and fire department response. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Pi Kappa Phi & Chi Omega
​2/3/18 & 2/27/18 Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption ​Pi Kappa Phi and Chi Omega had an unregistered mixer prior to a Pi Kappa Phi house party at which underage drinking occured. During the party open and obvious underage drinking, including alleged drinking games, continued unabated. Additionally, Pi Kappa Phi failed to keep a guest list and used Sober Party Monitors who had not been trained. Furman Police transported an attendee who returned to campus with a .30 BAC.Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Chi Omega & Pi Kappa Phi
​1/19/18 & 2/16/18 ​Providing Environment for Underage Alcohol Consumption Pi Kappa Phi and Chi Omega had an unregistered mixer prior to a Pi Kappa Phi house party at which underage drinking occured. During the party open and obvious underage drinking, including alleged drinking games, continued unabated. Additionally, Pi Kappa Phi failed to keep a guest list and used Sober Party Monitors who had not been trained. Furman Police transported an attendee who returned to campus with a .30 BAC. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
Sigma Nu 1/19/18 & 2/16/18 ​Providing Environment for Underage Acohol Consumption Security for a house party reported the chapter had exceeded guest limits and failed to assist in the control underage alcohol consumption. Chapter social activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Kappa Alpha ​1/26/17 & 2/17/17 ​Hazing ​New members were blindfolded on bid day and driven to a location off campus for a ceremony, required to clean the house during pledging period, and had tracking apps placed on their phones in order to insure they were either meeting with initiated members or in class and not in their rooms between 8 a.m to 1:30 a.m. All chapter activity was suspended during the investigation.
​Alpha Kappa Alpha ​2/25/17 & 4/26/17
​Hazing ​New member candidates were required to go to nightly meetings where they must wear all black and no makeup. They were required to learn and perform chants and songs. Candidates were also required to call graduate members at certain times of the day.
 

Reporting violations occurring Fall 2016 through Fall 2019. Updated February 1, 2018

Organizational Standing with the University

Organizations not currently in good standing due to past due sanctions, probationary status, or suspension, include:


  • Sigma Nu - Probation
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity - Suspended. Returning February 2019.
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon - Suspended until June 2023
Updated January 14, 2019.

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