California State University Northridge will no longer be home to a Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity. The Zeta Mu Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is currently part of a criminal investigation following the recent death of a pledge and has complied with University requests to disband.
A group of students pledging the fraternity were required to take a mountain hike during the high heat of a July day as part of the initiation process. According to reports, the group ran out of water before the hike was through and many of the students returned dehydrated. One student reportedly succumbed to the heat and passed away as a result of the events that occurred during what is currently being investigated as hazing.
Hazing has certainly become a hot button topic over the course of the last few years – and for good reason. This practice, which often includes things like forced binge drinking and the inflicting of physical and verbal abuse, has resulted in a multitude of injuries and more than a few deaths at large and small colleges across the US. The increased incidents of injury have put Fraternity and Sorority practices under a microscope and law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have shown no hesitation to get involved when a serious injury or death occurs as a result of hazing.
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