Dear W&M Families,
One of the hallmarks of the William & Mary student experience is the opportunity to be involved in campus life. Being involved and engaged in campus life can create some of the most meaningful experiences - contributing to that special sense of community at William & Mary.
September will be an active month for joining new groups and it is an exciting time where our university value of belonging comes to life. Unfortunately, for some who pursue group involvement, hazing is encountered as a hidden and serious problem, one that undermines the positive value of getting involved in a club or group.
As parents and family members, we hope that you will please help us in our ongoing effort to promote “My Tribe, My Responsibility: A Home Without Hazing.” On behalf of the university Hazing Prevention Coalition, we’d like to share some resources that we make available to students at the start of the academic year:
Student Organization Conduct History: As part of university efforts to provide transparency to the community, the university publishes the conduct records of recognized student organizations (including hazing violations). We invite you to review the discipline histories of Recognized Student Organizations.
Notice Regarding Currently Suspended Group: Delta Phi fraternity (also known as Elmo/St. Elmo) currently is suspended due to hazing and alcohol-related violations. The university does not support any efforts for recruitment by this group, and we recommend students and their families exercise caution before deciding to affiliate with the group.
Reporting: Parents should be among the informed members of our community who know how to report if they have questions or concerns about hazing behavior.
In all we do, William & Mary strives to create a community where students flourish and their campus experiences help them to forge lifelong relationships with one another and with their alma mater.
If you have questions about involvement in student organizations or the university’s hazing prevention efforts, please reach out to Anne Arseneau, Director of Student Leadership Development at 757-221-3300 or email@example.com.