I have covered many hazing articles while writing for this website, way more than I ever expected to touch. The allegations associated with those articles ranged from ridiculously juvenile to truly criminal, but this one is different. Never before have I seen a chapter suspended three years after the alleged activities occurred, nor have I seen a chapter suspended for violations reported by a graduated member of the chapter.
On January 28, 2016, Florida State officials received a hazing report via their online reporting portal. The report took direct aim at the Tau Kappa Epsilon chapter and on February 3, 2016, the chapter was placed on interim suspension so an investigation could be conducted. Once the investigation was passed along to the campus police department, details began leaking.
He reported such incidents as pledges having to participate in a drinking game called “Old South” in which they were made to act as slaves while serving drinks to members; being required to steal traffic cones and then clean them for hours; and being blindfolded and driven to Thomasville and Ocala where they were told to return to Tallahassee on their own without phones or wallets.
The cops tried to run with it, but were shot down by the DA who informed them that the moron who reported the activities three years later had waited too long, therefore, no criminal charges could be filed.
“Florida State University has worked diligently throughout its history to be an academic environment that values diversity and respects every student,” Thrasher said. “The actions taken by Student Affairs were strong and swift. Racist behavior demeans every one of us, and we will not permit it to represent this university.”
After taking the evidence from their investigation to the State Attorney’s Office, FSU Police learned that too much time had elapsed under state law to bring any criminal charges for misdemeanor hazing. However, per Florida State’s usual procedure, the police report was sent to the Dean of Students Office to determine possible violations of the Student Conduct Code, and that process is under way.
The investigation failed to prove that any of the alleged activities have continued on, but the current members are still going to have to suffer at least a short while longer while the university and TKE nationals provides some further training that will surely improve absolutely nothing..