After the University of Alberta’s student newspaper launched a media wildfire this week with a story about alleged hazing at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house, the school’s dean of students addressed the issue on Thursday.
“The university learned earlier this week about allegations regarding the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity,”?said Frank Robinson.
“The safety and well-being of our students at the university is our utmost priority and we take these allegations very seriously.
“We have a comprehensive code of student behaviour that clearly lays out expectations for our students and student groups and provides the university with the ability to deal with situations as they arise.”
The story originated from a video — turned in to the office of The Gateway, the campus newspaper — that allegedly showed physical and mental abuse inflicted upon pledges.
The Gateway’s senior news editor, Alexandria Eldridge, penned the explosive piece.
“We think that this is really important that this comes out because it is something that is in the public interest,” she said.
“But we also want to make sure that people understand that this isn’t a condemnation of the entire system because this is isolated to one specific group.”
The allegations are currently under investigation. Anyone with relevant information is asked to report to campus security services.