ZBT is not out of the woods yet.
As we told you back on Wednesday, ZBT successfully appealed the decision of the Greek Judicial Board that would have revoked the fraternity’s charter and exiled it from campus.
However, that decision seems to have come with strings. As Spectator reports, Dean Shollenberger, who is responsible for accepting the appeal, is not so much rejecting the initial verdict as he is delaying it. Rather than immediately revoking ZBT’s charter, as the Inter-Greek Council (IGC) recommended, Shollenberger will defer making a final decision on the fate of the frat until May 31.
In the meantime, ZBT is required to follow an “action plan” that they themselves outlined in the appeal proceedings. This plan includes “a full-review of their current membership, suspension of social activities, mandatory training, adherence to the Greek Alpha Standards, and a recommitment of their national values.”
According to Spectator:
If the fraternity does not adhere to the plan, is found responsible for any additional violations, or fails to receive a satisfactory rating on the standards, its charter will be rescinded and members will be immediately removed from the organization’s house, on 115th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive.
Progress reports will be due at the end of the semester and the following the next two semesters.
So did ZBT actually haze anyone? We don’t know. What happened to provoke IGC scrutiny? We don’t know. What made Shollenberger reject the Judicial Board’s recommendation? We don’t know.
It looks like the administration still thinks some hazing occurred because Student Affairs spokesperson Katherine Cutler stated:
We are concerned that our current hazing education and prevention initiatives do not adequately address the issue… Recent events suggest that there is work to be done.
But Cutler does not say what “recent events” she is referring to, and no one in the administration has seen fit to grace the student population with any details beyond the punishment conferred. Thus, the truth, and the University’s reasoning behind its decision, remains a mystery.
Student Affairs has announced that they will “develop a more comprehensive educational program and policies that address hazing-related issues in all student groups and organizations on campus—beyond just the Greek community,” but apparently this initiative does not include educating students on what went wrong in the most high-profile hazing incident on campus in recent memory.
As usual, we will keep you updated as this story develops.