UNR sorority suspended over hazing allegations

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Updated: 11/20/2012 11:10 am
RENO, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV) - A sorority at the University of Nevada has been suspended, meaning they are temporarily unable to hold meetings or events. An investigation is ongoing due to allegations of hazing but the University is not the one conducting the investigation, and no one is talking about what did or did not happen.

"We're still evaluating the severity of the issue," said Dennis Campbell, Coordinator of Greek Life at the University of Nevada.  Campbell says his office was notified by the Pi Beta Phi fraternity for Women a few weeks ago.  "We received a call from the national organization," he said.

 Campbell says that was also the first time he learned there had been calls made to the hazing hotline.  The hazing hotline is a national hotline not a University number, where anyone can report a suspected or recent hazing incident. 

Campbell says the University is working with the national organization but not conducting its own investigation at this time.  "We have to see the reports and look at the investigation then the University will decide what action." 

Alex Mosher broke the story. She is Assistant News Editor for the university paper, the Nevada Sagebrush.  She said when she asked Campbell about the hazing he gave a much different answer. "He had no comment about it and said it didn't pertain to the University," said Mosher.

Campbell would not say what kind of hazing was reported, only that some issues were discovered. "I don't know fully we are still in the process of reviewing everything," said Campbell.

A spokesperson for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women says two calls were received in October.  They sent a statement saying: "It was determined the women violated Pi Phi's policy." And, "Those individual members who were found in violation of Pi Beta Phi's values and policies will be held accountable."

The spokesperson said right now they are suspended, and they have put their chapter's charter in jeopardy.

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Paladin - 11/19/2012 9:13 AM
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Ah, come on. A little hazing is good for group bonding. This hazing usually involves a wooden paddle and some girl's bare butt. Put it on youtube and it will likely go viral and increase UNR's admission levels substantially!

weareanonymous - 11/18/2012 10:37 PM
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The Nevada Sagebrush is the single worst and most erroneous sorry excuse for journalism in this city, this state and the entirety of university reporting; the fact checking and proof reading of the Sagebrush are on par with the National Enquirer. The fact that this story has received considerable coverage and attention is sickening. It is completely standard practice to temporarily suspend a chapters activities in order to properly exercise due process and thorough independent investigation of the facts. The air time this story has received in itself has done damage to a sorority that may have done nothing wrong, and the Nevada Greek population as a whole. I think it would behoove News 4 to postpone reporting on a story until they had proven, let alone tangible, facts as opposed to gross speculation and aleatory claims.

NVRENOGRL - 11/15/2012 8:57 PM
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This story is so great and so accurate.. especially because the source is from The Nevada Sagebrush, a newspaper that is infamous for multiple inaccurate stories. From the "knife fight" in the dorms last year to the "HIV Outbreak" in the dorms. It seems like they just can't find any better news than gossip. News stations... please get your facts straight because this constant distribution of false news is like the boy who cried wolf. As a Junior unaffiliated with Greek life, I am embarrassed that this is even a story to tell. The University of Nevada, Reno has achieved so much in sports and academic achievements; however, I guess only bad news is news these days.

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