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Hazing and theft alleged, investigations in progress

Submitted by Jennifer Ellis on March 13, 2012 – 3:12 pm2 Comments

The University’s only on-campus Greek lodge reported the alleged theft of more than $3,000 from the fraternity bank account, according to a police report. Less than a week later, a complaint alleging hazing occurred at the lodge was forwarded to university officials.

Kappa Sigma’s Fundraising Chair William Bona told police that the fraternity’s past treasurer Thomas Starnes had stolen money from the fraternity’s bank account between September and December 2011.

The UALR Police Department Detective Sharon Houlette said the incident, which was reported March 2, is under investigation. Starnes was reached, but declined to comment on both the police report and alleged hazing complaint.

A complaint alleging Kappa Sigma fraternity members regularly encouraged under-age drinking and engaged in humiliating hazing tactics was presented the week of March 5 to Dean of Students Darryl McGee, the chief judicial affairs officer.

“We have a complaint saying someone is alleging hazing and underage drinking within the Kappa Sigma house. And we are currently investigating that complaint. That’s all I can tell you at this point,” said McGee.

McGee said he has investigated other complaints of hazing in the 2011-2012 academic year, which he found to be substantiated. The Forum filed a freedom of information request for the complaint against Kappa Sigma and any other complaints of hazing in the current academic year, but had not received the information as of press time.

Greek Life Coordinator Jenny Hunt said the fraternity is in good standing, according to Office of Campus Life’s records.

Several Kappa Sigma representatives were contacted, but they all told The Forum they would not comment on the allegations. The fraternity’s website ualrkappasigma.com/rush states, “Kappa Sigma has a national anti-hazing policy. Our pledge program is free of hazing of any sort and we strongly discourage any type of behavior that would be considered hazing.”

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