Target: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Higher Education Dr. James T. Minor
Goal: Permanently ban hazing from public colleges and universities.
Recently, a string of students from a number of different colleges have died from hazing or related causes, such as suicide from environmental pressures and bullying related to on-campus Greek life. More than two dozen students since 2008 have died from hazing-related causes on U.S. college and university campuses. What is most concerning now is the reveal of information that suggests that these universities knew of the dangers and misconduct occurring within their fraternities and did little to nothing to stop it before the events turned fatal.
Nolan Burch was a freshman at West Virginia University when he died in November of last year. His blood alcohol content was found at more than six times the legal limit to drive despite his being underage. This lead to the suspension of all Greek WVU activities as well as criminal charges against two Kappa Sigma brothers.
That same year, Marquise Braham died by jumping off the roof of a Marriott in Nassau County, New York, with a close source stating evidence of a high blood alcohol content and sexual hazing by his fraternity prior to his suicide. Put an end to these senseless and tragic deaths by permanently banning hazing at U.S. school fraternities.
Dear Dr. James Minor,
A tragic series of reoccurring events has taken place across the country on countless different college campuses. Hazing is a common and dangerous practice that takes places in a large majority of college fraternities and Greek life during initiation of new members, often involving dangerous amounts of alcohol, drugs, sexual harassment, and general stress and mistreatment. This dysfunctional tradition has led to the death of more than two dozen college students in America since 2008.
These deaths, while already tragic and devastating, are even more startling with the recent discovery that many of the universities where these deaths took place had been previously informed of the misconduct and violation of school expectations before the student’s death. West Virginia University, the school that freshman Nolan Burch attended before his untimely death last year, were aware that the fraternity Burch pledged had a history of misconduct and were about to lose their charter.
There is no reason that not only the students responsible for these people’s deaths should be allowed to continue their school career, but that hazing should continue to be allowed on public college campuses. Please ban the tradition of hazing from all Greek life on United States school campuses.
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