In the meantime, the fraternity that was accused of serving up “vomlets” was put on probation for three terms and ordered to participate in an extensive series of educational programs. In April, a judicial panel of students, faculty and staff found Sigma Alpha Epsilon guilty of hazing for driving blindfolded pledges off-campus in 2009, expecting them to drink shots of saltwater or alcohol and expecting them to enter a kiddie pool filled with condiments. But the panel said there was not enough evidence to back up the more egregious allegations made by former member Andrew Lohse, who went public in January with descriptions of the “dehumanizing” experiences he said he witnessed at the fraternity.
Regardless of whether those allegations were true, the uproar over Lohse’s comments sounded a call to action, Essey said.
“It called for self-examination, and that’s always a good thing,” Essey said.
Johnson said she believes most students understand the need for the reforms.
“Any time you start implementing change, you should expect pushback,” she said. “But I have been impressed with the fact that so many students have really stepped up to the plate to find a way forward with the administration.”