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  • VTDigger: The flying fraternity

    A six-month investigation by VTDigger uncovered a “good ol’ boys club” at the Vermont National Guard in which male officials receive preferential treatment, break rules and abuse alcohol. We revealed numerous examples of how the Guard has created a toxic environment for women who say they have been sexually harassed and passed up for promotions.
  • Breaking The Silence: Addressing Sexual Assault On Campus

    An investigation into how the University of Kansas pursued one rape case (http://huff.to/W8uLVy), where the assailant confessed, resulted in the harshest sanction being probation, specifically because the university wanted to avoid being "punitive." Meanwhile, the city police decline to investigate underage drinking at a fraternity where victim had become intoxicated, and the district attorney decides to close the case until HuffPost contacts him. The Breaking the Silence series uses a range of perspectives to explore the lenient and lackadaisical approach of colleges across America to sexual assaults committed on their campuses. The first piece included here is an investigation into how the University of Kansas handled one rape case in which the assailant confessed, and whose harshest sanction was probation — specifically because the university wanted to avoid being "punitive," citing a higher-ed trade group’s guidance. The city police declined to investigate underage drinking at the fraternity where the victim had become intoxicated, and the district attorney decided to close the case until HuffPost contacted him. Another, data-driven piece examines whether schools like the University of Kansas are anomalies. We concluded that most colleges opt not to remove sexual assault offenders from campus, with many citing the same higher-ed trade group's guidance to be "educative, not punitive" in their approach to punishing rape and sexual misconduct. Fewer than one-third of cases where a student is found responsible for sexual assault result in expulsion In our third piece, we found that even when a school does investigate and punish a student for sexual assault, it doesn't stop the student from transferring to another campus, sometimes without anyone at the new school knowing about his past misconduct.
  • NBC5 Investigates: Hazed to Death

    A college freshman at Northern Illinois University is found dead after a night of a fraternity hazing. The university pledges to crack down on this kind of hazing and binge-drinking. But has anything changed? Rob Stafford and NBC5 Investigates discovered scores of new instances of students who were so drunk that they needed emergency medical attention. Stafford also spoke with the student’s parents about what has -- and hasn’t -- been done in the wake of their son’s death.
  • Greek Tragedies

    The University of Illinois has the largest number of Greek chapters in the country, with 4,000 students living in Greek houses. City safety inspectors find hundreds of fire hazards and safety violations in fraternities and sororities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign each year, yet it can take months before some violations are corrected, inspection documents show. Almost all of the 60 fraternities and sororities inspected in 2012 had violations, many of which included disconnected smoke detectors, overloaded extension cords, broken sprinklers and faulty emergency lights, according to 2012 inspection records. Other violations were for unapproved cooking equipment such as hotplates, pizza ovens and self-heating skillets.
  • Million-Dollar Bust

    The Texas Tech student newspaper looked into why the university was losing money on a parking garage that sat empty. What they found were prominent members of the university board of regents and members on the alumni association board, as well as owners from the parking garage are all from the same fraternity. The deal was spun to look good, but to date, the university has lost $850,000.
  • New Scrutiny for Powerful Greek Systems

    The Chronicle of Higher Education examines controversies surrounding the today's Greek system. The reporter finds that fraternities and sororities often promote racist and sexist attitudes. The story exemplifies the findings with two incidents - the rejection of a black student by all white sororities at the University of Alabama, and the distribution of a sex newsletter by a fraternity at Dartmouth College.
  • Fire Prevention 101

    "'Fire Prevention 101' revealed that student housing on college campuses throughout Illinois is filled with fire hazards and fire code violations that could result in deadly fires. Our investigation suggested that lax enforcement of fire codes could make Illinois the site of the next fatal campus fire, and just one month after our story aired, a student died in a fraternity house fire at Milliken University in Decatur, Illinois."
  • Why Did Joe Die?

    Nuvo investigates the death of Joe Disanz, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Indiana University. Disanz died in his fraternity house on December 12, 1998, and in part because of a bungled police investigation the exact cause of his death is unknown.
  • Brotherhood of the gun runners

    Fifteen fraternity brothers from Norfolk State University's band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, were members of a gunrunning ring. The members shipped nearly 100 guns to Washington between June 1994 and October 1995, the largest known gun-running scheme in the state since Virginia passed its one-gun-a-month law in 1993.
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    The Osage Nation News examines an incident at the University of Oklahoma in which members of a fraternity group destroyed and urinated on an Indian Heritage Week tepee; the series focuses on the university's investigation of the incident and one student's efforts to get the university to punish the offenders, April - November 1994.