A UConn sorority hazing case has led to a permanent ban for Kappa Kappa Gamma, which reportedly forced a pledge to lie on the floor and “sizzle like bacon” and then drink alcohol until she passed out.
On Wednesday the university sent a letter to the sorority informing them that their registration had been revoked. The residents how have until next week to leave the house permanently.
Sophomore Hillary Holt told reporters that she was forced to endure humiliation at the hands of her sorority sisters. After being forced to lie on the floor she was made to drink so much that she woke up in a hospital with a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit of 0.08.
After the UConn sorority hazing case could reach beyond just Kappa Kappa Gamma. The incident took place at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and that organization will learn next week if it faces discipline.
“UConn has zero tolerance for hazing and all similarly harmful behaviors, and repeatedly makes those expectations clear to all student leaders in Greek life and other organizations,” school spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said in an email. “The university’s decision to revoke Kappa Kappa Gamma’s registration and recognition was not taken lightly, but it was appropriate and imperative in light of the severity of the circumstances.”
The UConn sorority did not agree with the hazing decision, with a national representative of Kappa Kappa Gamma vowing to appeal the decision. Elizabeth Baily, the national vice president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, said the hazing incident was the result of “the poor decisions made by a few individuals” at an unsanctioned event, and did not warrant the entire sorority being banned.
Kappa Kappa Gamma has until May 14 to file its appeal. If the punishment is upheld, it may re-apply as a student organization in four years.
“Kappa views the punishment as extreme and plans to discuss an appeal with the chapter’s leadership before the university’s deadline,” Baily said.
The UConn sorority hazing is part of a larger trend of misbehavior at the Connecticut university. Three other Greek organizations — Delta Zeta, Delta Gamma and Sigma Chi — have been put on interim suspension after men were forced to eat dog treats, wear women’s underwear, and take alcohol shots off each other’s bodies.