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Transparency

In compliance with the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act below is a list of all violations of Francis Marion’s Honor Code by fraternities and sororities registered as student organizations at the university. The act requires a report of actual findings of violations for offenses after December 31, 2012 involving: alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, physical assault, and hazing. The report must also contain: name of the organization, date on which the event occurred or dates on which the citation was issued, date the investigation was initiated, general incident description, charges, findings, sanctions, and date matter resolved.

The initial investigation into all incidents listed below was to determine if a violation of the Hazing policy had occurred. However, upon further investigation it was determined that in some cases there were no violations of the hazing policy but other policy violations were evident. Finally, in some cases an organization may not have been charged with any violations of university policy, but held responsible for the creation of discord within the campus climate.

 

Organization Violation Date Violation Charge Date Date of Investigation Incident Description Charges Finding Sanctions
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority February 2016 In a letter dated March 14, 2016 the organization was placed on interim suspension while the university continues to conduct an investigation into hazing allegations. March 11, 2016 University was notified by sorority South Atlantic Regional Office of alleged hazing activities at an off-campus location. Potential new members were required to attend excessively long meeting(s) at which they were forced to stand for long periods of time. Organization charged with violation of Hazing policy. Sorority held responsible for violations of university hazing policy. In a letter dated June 23, 2016 the sorority was notified of the official university findings which included the following consequences:

 

Suspension effective immediately until May 31, 2019.

Probation for (1) one academic year upon return.

Educational Success Plan session during probation which include creation of Educational Success Action Plan

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity April 13, 2015   University launched an official investigation which included the fraternity after charging individual students with damage to university owned/ or controlled property on April 15-23, 2015 Vandalism of University owned/controlled property by potential new members of the fraternity. Individual students took responsibility for property damage. However, the university felt it necessary to hold the fraternity to a level of responsibility due to the fact the students were participating in membership intake process. No university charges Fraternity held responsible for ineffective recruitment oversight In a letter dated April 30, 2015 the fraternity was notified of the official university findings which included the following consequences:

 

Probation effective immediately through May 31, 2016.

Fraternity must complete Educational Success Action plan

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity February 2015 In a letter dated March16, 2015 the fraternity was placed on immediate interim suspension while the university conducted an investigation into potential violations of the hazing policy. March 18, 2015 Chapter failed to follow university policy regarding new membership intake activities.  Fraternity failed to submit intake documentation for official approval prior to conducting membership intake activities. Failure to comply with directions of University Officials.

Violation, attempted violation or incitement of others to violate policy.

Fraternity held responsible for compliance violations. According to the investigation no hazing activities occurred however fraternity failed to seek official approval for intake process. In a letter dated April 17, 2015 the fraternity was notified of the official university findings which included the following consequences:

 

Suspension effective immediately until 12/31/2015.

Probation through 5/31/2016.

Educational effectiveness session which includes creating Success Action Plan.

Phi Beta Sigma October 23, 2011 In a letter dated October 26, 2011, the fraternity was placed on immediate interim suspension while the university conducted an investigation into potential violations of the hazing policy. October 25 – November 4, 2011 October 25, 2011 the University was contacted by local law enforcement regarding an alleged off-campus hazing incident which resulted in the student seeking medical attention a few days later.   Fraternity charged with violation of Hazing policy.

Violation, or attempted violation of local, state, or federal law.

Fraternity and individual student members were all held responsible for violations of the university policies to include Hazing policy, local, state, or federal law. In a letter dated November 9, 2011 the fraternity was notified of the official university findings which included the following consequences:

 

Suspension effective immediately for a minimum of seven (7) years.  All rights and privileges as a recognized student organization at Francis Marion University revoked.

 

Additional information related to findings, sanctions, and organizational sanction completion may be available through the Student Affairs office, to the extent allowable under the the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 20 U.S.C. 1232g. Further inquiries should be directed to the Student Affairs office, who will provide non-privileged information pursuant to the terms of the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.

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