Tallahassee, FL - The suspension of a business fraternity at FAMU has shocked many students on campus.
It's the accusation of verbal hazing that many say they didn't understand.
We reported on Friday, October 12, 2012, that FAMU suspended Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity pending an investigation into a verbal hazing incident. WCTV has since spoke to several students on campus who say that they don't consider "verbal" hazing to be a crime.
Hazing is a crime, and experts say hazing is not just a physical beating or paddling, as most students usually think of.
They say hazing refers to any activity expected of someone joining a group, or to maintain full status in a group, that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.
FAMU's business-related student organization Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity was suspended Thursday.
Administrators say members of the organization verbally hazed prospective members during an off-campus meeting.
It is a violation of FAMU intake rules for clubs and organization to hold off-campus meetings without advisors.
FAMU's interim president, Dr. Larry Robinson, says the only way the university will eradicate hazing from campus and from its culture is to resist hazing and report it to authorities.
Tallahassee, FL - Students say they are disappointed to hear that another organization is in trouble for hazing. But, because it was "verbal" hazing, some are unsure if the punishment fits the crime.
FAMU has suspended the business-related student organization, Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, authorities are investigating reports of an incident involving verbal hazing.
Cheree Brown, FAMU Student, stated "Yeah, they did the right thing...I think it should be taken just as seriously as physical hazing. You take verbal abuse just as seriously as physical abuse. It's just as serious."
The suspension was imposed Thursday after administrators say members of Alpha Kappa Psi verbally abused prospective members in a meeting held off campus and without an advisor present.
FAMU has not released exactly what was said during the meeting that caused a student to accuse someone of verbal hazing.
Vallery Agenorm, FAMU Student, said, "If verbal hazing did exist, then I could easily call somebody a tomato or something and they get offended. Where someone else would be like, well ok."
It is a violation of FAMU intake rules for clubs and organizations to hold off-campus meetings without advisors, but, some students say suspension may be too harsh.
Fredrick Stewart, FAMU Student, stated, "I think they went a little too far. But, they should make extra efforts to make it a comfortable experience with joining organizations."
At this time, we do not know where the meeting took place off-campus, and again, administrators have not released what was said during that meeting that constitutes verbal hazing.
No physical hazing has been reported.
Tallahassee, FL -
TPD Statement on Recent FAMU Hazing Allegations:
The Tallahassee Police Department received information from the FAMU Police Department about a possible hazing case today and will provide updates as we determine if a crime has occurred.
Tallahassee, FL - Florida A&M University (FAMU) has suspended Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity, a business-related student organization, pending an investigation into an alleged hazing incident, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson announced today.
The suspension was imposed Thursday, after it was alleged that members of Alpha Kappa Psi verbally abused prospective members in a meeting held off campus and without an advisor present.
It is a violation of FAMU intake rules for clubs and organizations to hold off-campus meetings without advisors. No physical abuse has been alleged.
Because the alleged incident took place off campus, FAMU Interim Police Chief John Earst has referred the matter to the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD). FAMU Police will work closely with the TPD on the investigation, Robinson said.
“While I am extremely upset and disappointed to hear that another student organization may have engaged in hazing and at the very least may have violated our clear rules for intake, it is good to know that students are feeling empowered to step forward and report incidents like these,” Robinson said. “The only way we will eradicate hazing from our campus and from our culture is to resist hazing and report it to authorities.”
To report hazing incidents on the FAMU campus, log on to stophazingatfamu.com.