HANOVER, N.H. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Twenty-seven fraternity members at Dartmouth College and the fraternity itself face charges of violating school policy after a former frat member went public with graphic hazing allegations.
In a column published in January in the student newspaper, senior Andrew Lohse said he witnessed Sigma Alpha Epsilon pledges being asked to vomit on each other and swim in a kiddie pool of bodily fluids.
“I was a member of a fraternity that asked pledges, in order to become a brother, to: swim in a kiddie pool full of vomit, urine, fecal matter, semen and rotten food products; eat omelets made of vomit; chug cups of vinegar, which in one case caused a pledge to vomit blood; drink beers poured down fellow pledges’ (butt) cracks; and vomit on other pledges, among other abuses,” Lohse wrote in The Dartmouth.
In response, the college recently launched a task force on student safety and accountability.
The fraternity’s president has said the accusations were exaggerated, and in some cases, completely untrue.
“We set up an internal task force this fall to address some concerns that brothers had about our pledge term,” fraternity president Brendan Mahoney told The Dartmouth. “I tried to get as many opinions as possible involved in how to change our pledge term for the better. Lohse declined to participate in this task force this fall. Michael Fancher, the incoming president of SAE, has met with various administrators this winter with a goal to make fraternity pledge terms more open, transparent and safe.”
College spokesman Justin Anderson said he could not comment on the charges brought by the school’s judicial affairs office. The students could be suspended or expelled if found guilty.