CCU Greek Life committee discusses hazing policy, potential changes

by Amanda Kinseth Fri, April 26th 2024

Coastal Carolina University Greek Life Ad Hoc committee met on Friday, April 26, 2024. (Credit: Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — Hazing was a topic of conversation at Coastal Carolina University on Friday.

The Greek Life Ad Hoc Committee met to discuss CCU’s current hazing policy focusing on activities such as paddling, forced consumption of food or drinks, kidnapping, and deprivation of sleep, food or water.

Hazing expert Dr. Colleen Mcglone, who wrote ‘After the Haze, Legal Aspects of Hazing,’ presented about hazing culture and pointed out hazing isn’t unique to Greek communities but can happen in any group context, such as band, theatre and sports.

The meeting also allowed Greek Life students to express changes they’d like to see happen for the first time at CCU. They mentioned Greek housing, more space to hold weekly chapter meetings and acknowledgment of their philanthropic efforts, instead of a focus on hazing allegations.

“I understand the movies and TV shows, Greek Life is kind of painted as this picture of Greek Life is just a bunch of party animals,” said Jake Carvalho, VP of Coastal Carolina Interfraternity Council. “They just want to have fun. But if you really do get involved and look farther into it, it is so much more than that. And Greek life has such a great power to change and do great things for the community, for the world.”

There are currently 20 Greek Chapters at CCU with 1,300 students. CCU expects to add another Greek chapter next year.