Hazing At Cornell
ITHACA---(WENY) In 2011 Cornell's Sigma Alpha Epsillon fraternity that was fined $12,000 after 19-year-old George Desdunes died after being hazed. Now, another fraternity on Cornell's campus has been removed for it's hazing practices.
Following the death of George Desdunes in February of 2011, Desdune's mother, Marie Lourdes Andre filed a wrongful death lawsuit for $25 million against the Sigma Alpha Epsillon Fraternity. Now, a subpoena has been issued to Cornell to hand over any hazing related documents, including fraternity rituals, disiplinary action, and previous hazing incidents.
Yesterday, Judge Karen Rothenberg denied a motion to throw out the subpoena. The defense argued the subpoena would violate The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Cornell's Tau Epsillon Phi Fraternity has also been disbanded after two pledges were hospitalized in an alcohol-related hazing incident back in October which The university has called "sexually humiliating" and "mentally scarring". Cornell has revoked recognition of the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity for at least four years.