HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– While the Quinnipiac campus remains empty over the holiday break, the university has expelled one student and suspended two more after an investigation into the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity has turned up extreme hazing.
Freshman Nate Carney says he has heard stories about the hazing, but hasn’t seen it firsthand.
“I think there is a certain point and someone goes to far and you endanger that person and it’s taking it too far,” said Carney.
Quinnipiac is not saying exactly what happened other than they noticed a large number TKE pledges dropping the fraternity, so security started to investigate. It’s not known if anyone was hurt, but investigators say they are still looking at it all. Student David Laplant says hazing is a part of any college campus, but it comes down to the degree which students are embarrassed and harassed, and if they are forced to do anything against their will.
“It happens in high school, it happens in college, and that is when the alcohol really gets involved, and like he said, once someone’s health is in danger, and life, that is when it’s going too far,” said Laplant.
At Quinnipiac University, they do allow Greek life on campus, fraternities and sororities, but they do not allow houses. If you drive around or through the campus you will not find homes with Greek symbols on them, and while they can’t take away a house, they can take away the charter. Laplant says Greek life is growing on the Quinnipiac Campus.
“You hear about it and the older kids push the younger kids too hard, but I don’t have enough information to make an accurate statement about this one,” said Laplant.
The university released a statement regarding the fraternity Tuesday afternoon.
“One student, who is a member of TKE, has been expelled and two other fraternity members have been suspended from the university, as a result of a university student conduct investigation into allegations of hazing,” said Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell in the release. “Other TKE members have also been sanctioned as part of the investigation, and several more will face the student conduct process. In addition, the university has issued the fraternity a cease and desist order prohibiting it from operating at the university until the student conduct process is completed. With the safety and security of our students being paramount, the university will simply not tolerate hazing of any kind by any group or individual and will act swiftly to remove those held responsible from the community.”
Quinnpiac currently has 17 Greek chapters on campus, eight of which are fraternities, according to the school’s website.