The Phi Mu sorority’s national headquarters investigated its EC chapter – formally known as Rho Theta – this past week after receiving a report that an alleged hazing act occurred between the group’s members.
TinaMarie Mirabelli, Rho Theta’s president and an EC senior, shared news of the report to the chapter in a Sep. 29 email that was leaked to The Leader by a member who received it.
“Headquarters has received a report of hazing at Rho Theta. I am completely shocked and discomforted hearing this,” Mirabelli said in the email. “The only information I have at the moment regarding the act is that it occurred between members, not a member and a Phi [pledge].”
Mirabelli also instructed chapter members to keep the situation a secret.
“THIS DOES NOT GET OUT TO THE PHIS. I am 100% serious, for I hope that this is a misunderstanding,” she wrote. “This also does not get out to ANYONE else on campus. This stays between us and only us.”
Phi Mu National Headquarters’ Director of Member Services Hara Henshell met with members of Rho Theta on Oct. 3 and 4, said Jackie Issacson, the sorority’s national director of communication/editor in a press release.
Issacson claims the purpose of Henshell’s visit was “to discuss chapter operations and support the chapter in strengthening their sisterhood.”
Though “there are areas in which the chapter could improve,” Henshell found no evidence that the chapter, individually or collectively, violated any of Phi Mu or EC policies, Issacson confirmed.
Mirabelli further explained that the hazing allegations were false.
“Hazing DOES NOT happen in Rho Theta and did not happen,” she said in an email to The Leader. “These allegations are far from true and… no longer a topic of discussion.”
Mirabelli and Issacson did not give further details regarding the alleged hazing incident.
EC strictly forbids hazing in campus organizations, calling it a “demeaning and dangerous practice that has no legitimate purpose” in the EBook, and Illinois state law prohibits hazing that results in bodily harm.
The EBook defines hazing as “any act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student… for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership on a team or in a group or organization.”