(WIDK By Olivia Roat) - After being accused of forcing new pledges to engage in dehumanizing and vile hazing practices, fraternity members have been cleared of charges.
Twenty-seven members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Dartmouth College were cleared from charges that were based on former frat member Andrew Lohse’s claims that new pledges were forced to swim in a kiddie pool of rotten food, eat omelets made of vomit, and chug cups of vinegar.
Lohse went public with his allegations in January by writing a column for Dartmouth’s student newspaper; according to The Washington Post, a week after the column was published, more than 100 faculty members wrote to the college’s administration, urging it to establish a a commission to address hazing.
The fraternity’s former president, Brendan Mahoney, claimed that Lohse’s allegations were untrue.
Lohse has said that he does not agree with charging individual fraternity members and that his claims were not motivated by revenge in any way.