The accusations, if proven by the school, could result in probation, suspension or permanent loss of recognition for the Alpha Delta fraternity. The alleged incident occurred in the fall, Dartmouth said in a statement. The school didn’t give further details.
Colleges across the U.S. have punished fraternities in recent weeks amid allegations of racism, hazing and offensive behavior toward women. Philip Hanlon, Dartmouth’s president since 2013 and a former Alpha Delta member, has defended fraternity life while condemning “extreme behavior” that he said hurts the Hanover, New Hampshire, college and its reputation.
Alpha Delta “has a significant three-year history of disciplinary violations, including hazing, underage service of alcohol and hosting unregistered events,” the college said in the statement.
Leaders of Alpha Delta didn’t return messages seeking comment.
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“Every national fraternity and sorority takes hazing very seriously,” said Timothy Burke, a Cincinnati lawyer who represents fraternities but not Alpha Delta. “They’re all working hard to halt this kind of practice.”
In the past two years, Alpha Delta has been fined for serving alcohol to minors, apologized for co-hosting a “Crips and Bloods Party” and had a member admit to urinating from a second-story balcony onto a woman below. Alpha Delta had already been suspended through March 29 because of rule infractions related to drinking and partying.
“Dartmouth is strengthening and extending the terms of AD’s current suspension pending the outcome of the disciplinary process,” the school said in the statement.
Hanlon will be under scrutiny to show he doesn’t “tacitly approve of this behavior,” said Andrew Lohse, a former Dartmouth fraternity member turned critic who has written about the school’s Greek culture.
The latest accusations come just months after Dartmouth’s Interfraternity Council banned any form of pledging, the often months-long initiation period when students may be subject to abuse. In January, Hanlon banned hard liquor on campus and pledged to boost dorm supervision to make Dartmouth safer and more welcoming.
A former member of Alpha Delta co-wrote “Animal House,” a 1978 film in which a vindictive dean tried to punish the frat’s drunken antics with “double secret probation.”