Former president of UNC fraternity: Hazing happens here, too

Former president of UNC fraternity: Hazing happens here, too

David Vitek, a 2017 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, says a key to reducing incidents of hazing is to change “fraternity culture.” Vitek, who was president of Sigma Nu Fraternity, wrote an op-ed in The News & Observer this week. “Based on my experience, I believe UNC-Chapel Hill, and nearly every other school across the state

David Vitek, a 2017 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, says a key to reducing incidents of hazing is to change “fraternity culture.”

Vitek, who was president of Sigma Nu Fraternity, wrote an op-ed in The News & Observer this week.

“Based on my experience, I believe UNC-Chapel Hill, and nearly every other school across the state of North Carolina, is no different than Penn State, or any other school that has been beleaguered by a hazing crisis in the past few years,” Vitek wrote. “Our only difference is that student organizations at UNC have not been publicly exposed or caught, and the unimaginable — a tragedy — has not yet occurred in Chapel Hill.

Fraternities across the country have drawn scrutiny over hazing as some students have died.

Vitek says, “Changing fraternity culture is not something that happens seamlessly or overnight.” But it needs to change, he said.

Read his full op-ed here.

 

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