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The University responds
April 18, 2017
The University announced the results of the hazing investigation in a March 30 press release. FIJI was suspended for four years as a result of the police investigation.
If an establishment is using drinking games to distinguish membership, it is considered hazing, he said.
“Optional means nothing to us,” Dean of Students David Nestor said.
Nestor said the stolen Black Lives Matter flag and FIJI’s hazing violations were two separate issues.
The first issue which police investigated was an individual’s theft of the flag. The second issue was an organization that was hazing its members, he said.
Nestor said at the end of the investigation, it was clear the individual acted on his own and not as a part of a larger organization. Nestor said he was unable to identify the individual or comment on his punishment due to student privacy laws.
The University denied FIJI’s appeal to have sanctions removed.
SGA President Jason Maulucci said he was upset with the University’s decision to sanction the fraternity even after they had turned the pledge in.
“It doesn’t exactly send the right signal that in doing the right thing, they were punished,” Maulucci said. “What the individual did was despicable, but I’m thankful FIJI did the right thing.”
Featured Image by Cameron Youngblood | The Vermont Cynic.
Additional reporting by Max McCurdy and Ben Elfland.