11 fraternities, three sororities violated public health guidelines during pandemic, UJC report finds – The Cavalier Daily

the University Judiciary Committee released its very first report to provide data on cases handled against academic organizations over the past decade earlier this month. The publication was made possible by a January amendment to the UJC statutes allowing the publication of information on finalized organizational cases.

The report includes 20 cases from the past decade, all related to violations of the University’s hazing policies or public health guidelines.

According to the report, only three cases were treated before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, two of which were violations of STU-005, a University policy that prohibits hazing. The third case was a violation of the UJC’s second law Standard of conduct, which prohibits actions that “intentionally or recklessly threaten the health or safety of any person” within the University community. The remaining 17 judged cases consist of charges related to violations of SEC-045.

In addition to the student body, the University Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction on two types of student organizations at the University – fraternal organizations and CIO. Fraternal organizations include social Greek letter organizations, including groups that fall under the Inter-Fraternity Council, Inter-Sorority Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Multicultural Greek Council. CIOS are organizations that have access to disbursements from the Student Activities Fund.

Prior to the January amendment, UJC could only share general data on organizational and individual student cases without revealing identifying information. Now, the UJC report reveals specific case data and penalties for cases involving organizations.

In total, three cases concerned CIOs. In the spring of 2016, the Men’s Lacrosse Club pleaded guilty to violating STU-005 and STU-001. In the spring of 2017, Trigon Engineering Society broke STU-005. STU-005 prevents hazing, while STU-001 concerns underage drinking. Finally, the a capella group Virginia Belles violated SEC-045 most recently in the spring of 2021. SEC-045 outlines masking guidelines, social distancing requirements and gathering size restrictions throughout the pandemic.

The remaining 17 cases were all filed and adjudicated between spring 2020 and spring 2021 and involved 11 Inter-Brotherhood Council organizations and three Inter-Sorority Council organizations. All groups violated SEC-045 except Sigma Chi Fraternity, which violated both SEC-045 and a non-COVID-19 Standard 2 violation.

Sigma Chi was one of three organizations that appeared twice before the UJC in the past decade, joined by other Inter-Brotherhood Council organizations Pi Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Phi, both of which violated the SEC-045 twice.

As part of the organization commitment to “maintain and promote a community of safety, respect and freedom”, the Judging Committee – made up of UJC representatives who act as judges – considers aggravating and mitigating factors in making sanction decisions .

Unlike individual cases, Lauren Kim, president of UJC and a fourth-year student at the College, said that organizing cases sometimes lacked impact due to the change in membership and penalties were only felt. by some of the active members.

“With individual students, it’s easy because as students, if they come to UJC, they have a vivid memory of being at UJC, and if they come back, they will be very aware of it. “, said Kim. “But we found that with organizations, sometimes our sanctions or lawsuits weren’t passed on to the members. So we just wanted to create more visibility,”

Jackson Key, vice president of testing and a fourth-year architecture student, led the subcommittee responsible for publishing the report. The subcommittee began work on the report after the UJC passed the rule revisions to allow for reporting of organizational cases on a case-by-case basis.

Referring to the increase workload handled by UJC in previous semesters following pandemic-related policy violations, Key aimed to raise awareness of the nature of recent organizational cases, particularly given the complexity of organizational cases with numerous stakeholders .

“My personal hope when I was working on this [initiative] was awareness — primarily awareness and clarity,” Key said.

Slade Sinak, Senior Data Manager and fourth-year college student, also worked with the subcommittee and expressed his commitment to completing the report to increase its visibility.

“There are significant legal restrictions on the amount of case-related information that UJC can publish publicly, so when we confirmed that an organizational case publication like this was legally possible, we were delighted to make it a reality as soon as possible,” Sinak said in an emailed statement to the Cavalier Daily.

The document also revealed the penalties awarded to each organization, which are decided on a case-by-case basis and are considered in light of University policies in place at the time of the violation.

Most first-time offenders have received a warning from UJC jury members – a punishment called a “warning” – and community service, but groups such as Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Phi who have seen two cases in six months received heavier penalties, including social probation. and Fraternal agreement suspension until the following semester.

Although the report reveals the names of the organizations, the date the case was filed and the general details of the incident, Key stressed the importance of concealing other personal information.

“We’re supposed to make sure the organization is respected and their personally identifying information is kept private, but the essential nature of the matter may be leaked,” Key said.

Comprehensive case data and a breakdown of all organizational cases adjudicated by UJC over the past ten years are available. here.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Sigma Chi Fraternity was found to be in violation of STU-005. The Sigma Chi fraternity was not found in violation of STU-005, but rather a violation of Standard 2. The article has been updated to reflect this fact.

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