Alpha Kappa Alpha suspension lifted

By Madison Miller

After being suspended for two years by the national headquarters for hazing allegations, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc will return to campus this spring, according to the national website of the sorority.

National Pan-Hellenic Council posted an application on its twitter account to apply to the sorority’s formal rush process, which included the requirements for membership. This is the sorority’s first formal rush since 2012.

According to the application, interested parties are required to have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA as well as having completed a minimum of 30 hours to be considered for membership.

According to the Baylor student policies and procedures website, a hazing case was reported in the fall of 2012, and the sorority was suspended on campus.

Some members of the sorority were suspended by their headquarters in May 2013 with their suspension ending this May. The names are posted on the list of suspended members on the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc website.

“We have no idea of a definite date,” said India Fordham, secretary of National Pan-Hellenic Council, when asked about when the pledge class would be revealed. “They are working with a director at internationals and they should be coming back this semester.”

Marie Crommett, graduate apprentice for Greek life, wrote in an email to the Lariat that information regarding the reinstatement of the sorority is confidential.

Other organizations that have been reported for hazing cases in the past three years include Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

There are 10 different regions that govern over the individual Alpha Kappa Alpha chapters. The Pi Mu chapter at Baylor is under the South Central region.

The Lariat reached out to the Department of Greek Life for comments. In an email to the Lariat, Austin Hayes, coordinator of Greek life, wrote that members of the Greek life staff could not comment at this time.