By Prajukta Ghosh

“If you see something suspicious or if you have a concern, go report it.” – Christian Basi

After the suspension of Phi Gamma Delta for a hazing incident that occurred on campus, leaving one student unresponsive due to alcohol poisoning, there have been a number of potential protocols taken into consideration to reduce the amount of campus substance abuse; the fraternity was banned from partaking in any further social events on campus.

The incident created a negative image of Greek life for other students on campus. However, in recent months, the university has been working to disseminate awareness of hazing recognition and prevention amongst the student body.  

“It’s a whole educational process. If you don’t talk about hazing on a regular basis, you’re going to probably create a situation where people won’t recognize it if it happens and not know what to do,” said Christian Basi, director of the MU News Bureau. 

After the incident was reported, Greek life organizations took several steps to educate incoming members of the community, including requiring training about hazing to all students who are rushing, which helps them identify it and makes them aware of what steps to take if they have any concerns about it. Students are encouraged to report suspicious behavior by any student on campus regardless of their involvement in Greek life. 

“Faculty and staff are required to take some training, and for people who are entering Greek life or becoming a leader, they’re expected to uphold the values that we expect. The university will take some very quick actions if anyone has reported [being] hazed,” Basi said.

MU is unable to disclose the identities of individual victims or perpetrators because the university is federally obligated not to do so. However, they are required to ensure that preventative actions are taken into account to further the importance of educating people about any kind of substance abuse on campus that might bring potential damage to one’s health. 

“We are currently undergoing a campus-wide audit on reviewing risky behavior as it relates to students and determining what are the things we can be doing to mitigate that risky behavior,” Basi said. 

Students are highly encouraged to report any criminal behaviors or incidents regarding substance abuse to the right authority so immediate action can be taken.

Edited by Ryan Cohen