WC no longer recognizes fraternity

Gary Huffenberger

January 2, 2014

Wilmington College (WC) has ruled it will no longer recognize a fraternity in the wake of the fraternity’s reported involvement last fall in hazing injuries.

The college’s impaneled judicial board found that, “Gamma Phi Gamma’s rights at Wilmington College are permanently extinguished, and henceforth the college will no longer recognize Gamma Phi Gamma as a Greek organization.”

As previously reported, a Wilmington College sophomore was injured and taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital overnight Oct. 30 and 31 where he underwent surgery, according to an unsealed court affidavit. Two other pledges being initiated into the fraternity received bruises, the affidavit stated.

As for individual students who might have been brought before the college’s judicial board in connection with the incident, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits college officials from disclosing any details about student judicial matters, WC Director of Public Relations Randy Sarvis said Thursday.

The fraternity appealed the sanctions, which were issued in December, to the college’s appellate board. In the past few days, the appellate board upheld them without any changes, said Sarvis.

Gamma Phi Gamma has a right to a final appeal to the college president.

This fall there were 15 active members of Gamma Phi Gamma.

Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard W. Moyer has said there will be a grand jury process in the matter, and potential felony charges presented for consideration.

There is a state law in Ohio against hazing, a misdemeanor offense.

A local organization, Gamma Phi Gamma was the first fraternity at Wilmington College, according to Sarvis. It was established in 1907.

Gamma Phi Gamma received a two-year suspension of fraternity activity on campus for a hazing incident that occurred in 2000.