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Pledging guidelines implement star system

Feb. 2, 2001

Rules designed to ward off hazing

BY ERICA SANDS

Reporter

The Interfraternity Council has created a new pledgeship guide in hopes that new pledges will not face the hazing that past pledges have experienced. Fraternities are working toward 'stars' that will assist future rushees in picking a fraternity.

In response to several incidents of hazing in past semesters, the IFC has implemented a new, four-star pledgeship program that will ensure accountability between pledges, active members and participating chapters.

Last spring, five fraternities failed a surprise bed check conducted by the administration and were forced to cut their pledge semesters short.

'We wanted to hold fraternities accountable for hazing violations,' said Shannon Watt, former IFC president and member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

As part of their punishment, each of the four IFC fraternities involved in the violations was required to send representatives to a review committee.

'Our main goal was to develop a pledgeship booklet that included information on hazing, pledge procedures, IFC judicial procedures and the new four-star pledge program,' Watt said.

The new program will focus on four objectives, or 'stars,' that the IFC hopes will help each chapter 'refocus their pledge program to attain goals and create more well-educated brothers.'

The first star is for scholarship. This star emphasizes scholarship in the pledge program and is given to a pledge class that maintains a grade point average equal to or above the current IFC grade point average of 2.81 during the Spring 2001 pledge semester.

The history star emphasizes history in the pledge program and is designed to promote chapter pride and cohesiveness. In order to attain this star, a pledge class must score a 70 percent or better on an IFC-graded fraternity history test, which will be admin-