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Monday, Oct 25, 2021

Alpha Kappa Alpha suspended due to hazing, other chapters on probation

Mercer banners in Greek Village.
Mercer banners in Greek Village.

Fall recruitment for Mercer’s fraternities and sororities is quickly approaching, and according to Fraternity and Sorority Program’s 2020-2021 review, most of the Greek Life organizations are currently in good standing. However, there are a few exceptions.

Alpha Kappa Alpha is suspended for the 2021-2022 academic year due to hazing, according to FSP. It is reported by FSP to be the only chapter at Mercer that will not be able to take in new members during the fall 2021 semester.

The Mercer Student Code of Conduct defines hazing as “any act or activity required for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.” The code also specifies that “express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense.”

Hazing is currently illegal in the state of Georgia under the Max Gruver Act. The act was signed into law in May 2021 and went into effect in July.

Alpha Kappa Alpha did not respond to The Cluster’s request for comment as of 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

Six additional chapters are either on probation for the fall 2021 semester.

The following chapters are on fall 2021 social probation:

  • Phi Mu — alcohol-related violation

  • Phi Delta Theta — alcohol-related violation

  • Sigma Nu — alcohol-related violation

  • Kappa Sigma — social event violation

For fraternities and sororities on social probation, sanctions have occurred after the student organization was found responsible for a Student Code of Conduct violation.

The following chapters are on academic probation for the fall 2021 semester:

  • Phi Beta Sigma

  • Omega Psi Phi

A fraternity or sorority on academic probation did not meet academic expectations during the previous year.

“The conditions for each probation is dependent on their case, so there is no blanket statement that can be made about what events each chapter can attend or host,” Associate Director of Campus Life and Student Involvement Meredith Keating White said in an email to The Cluster. “Under social and academic probation, they are still active chapters on Mercer’s campus.”

Mary Helene Hall

Mary Helene Hall is a junior majoring in journalism. She is a Presidential Media Change Maker Scholar who has worked consistently for The Cluster throughout her time at Mercer. Mary Helene has received accolades for her work from National Public Radio, Discord, the Georgia College Press Association, and more. When she’s not working on a story, you can catch her reading a good book or enjoying the outdoors on Mercer’s campus.


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