Penn student leaders guilty of hazing

    The Undergraduate Assembly at the University of Pennsylvania has been found guilty of violating Penn’s policies governing hazing and alcohol and drugs, according to a statement released by the student legislative body’s executive board last night.

    The student leadership organization was found to have served alcohol to minors, and to have engaged activities like a blindfolded scavenger hunt that violated campus Antihazing policy. The disciplinary action was initiated by Tyler Ernst, president of the Undergraduate Assembly and a senior at the Wharton Business School. He referred the Undergraduate Assembly to Penn’s Office of Student Conduct and university officials in October.

    The disciplinary action announced Saturday requires the Undergraduate Assembly, and its non-freshman elected leaders, to take classes about alcohol and hazing, have orientation programs be reviewed by University administration and “join other campus partners to help lead and support efforts to educate students and the Penn community about hazing and alcohol.”

    More information can be found at Penn’s student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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    Hazing on college campuses was also the focus of a recent Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane program, after the November death of a Florida A&M student launched a fresh wave of national discussion on the subject.

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