Loyola University suspends sorority over alleged misconduct, hazing

CHICAGO – A Chicago university temporarily suspended a sorority due to hazing allegations.

Loyola University suspended Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. The group is being accused of hazing, harassment and bullying. Some students said the incident was alcohol-related.

During the university's suspension, ASA is not allowed to conduct any organizational business or participate in any activities on or off campus.

Tom Giannola is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He said he’s surprised to hear hazing is happening, because his fraternity doesn’t tolerate it.

“I know we sign waivers saying there’s a zero tolerance policy on hazing and things like that so I don’t know I guess it is what it is,” he said.

“I just think these sororities and fraternities shouldn’t do something like this because it engages negative behavior so I just don’t think it’s something anyone should support and they should haven’t to go to such an extent to be recruited into a sorority,” Benish Baqai, a junior, said.

“To be honest I’m not very surprised. Unfortunately, I’ve been to parties where I’ve seen it I feel like it’s become commonplace it’s not good but I feel like that's reality,” Kenny Wallace, a freshman, said.

It is unclear how long the suspension will last.

In 2017, two fraternities were suspended for similar behavior. According to the school newspaper, Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity were both suspended in 2017. The suspension on Alpha Kappa Psi will be lifted in 2019. Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s suspension ends in 2020.

Loyola issued the following statement to WGN-TV:

"On the evening of February 15, several anonymous reports were submitted to Loyola’s EthicsLine system indicating concerns about alleged bullying and other misconduct within the Gamma Lambda chapter (Loyola’s chapter) of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. Due to the number of reports and the reported impact of the alleged behavior on members of the chapter, the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, in consultation with the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Activities and Greek Affairs, has temporarily required the chapter to stop all activities until the University can investigate the matter and determine how to best move forward. This restriction is an interim measure only, undertaken in the interest of student safety and does not suggest any finding of responsibility at this time.

"The University takes all reports of bullying, harassment, hazing, and other misconduct within registered student organizations very seriously and will attempt to work with the leadership and members of the Gamma Lambda chapter to promptly and appropriately address any misconduct that is substantiated.

"Any student, including but not limited to members of Gamma Lambda chapter, who has additional information or concerns about this matter may report them via email at osccr@luc.edu or file a report through EthicsLine here."