U. of Nebraska-Lincoln student gets probation for alcohol in hazing-related case

Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A 22-year-old University of Nebraska-Lincoln student involved in a fraternity hazing case has been sentenced to probation.

Ian Dimka had been found guilty of procuring and selling alcohol to a minor. On Friday Dimka was given 18 months of probation and ordered to perform about 250 hours of community service at a hospital.
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UN-L suspends Sigma Chi for four years in hazing

By NATE JENKINS
Excerpt from Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. – A University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity plagued by charges of hazing and underage drinking has been suspended for four years, the toughest sanctions on a fraternity at the school in recent memory.
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UNL: Second lawsuit alleges hazing at Sigma Chi

BY MELISSA LEE
Excerpt from Lincoln Journal Star
Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is facing another lawsuit, this time from a former pledge who says he was subjected to repeated hazing from fall 2008 to early 2009.
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UNL suspends Sigma Chi; frat members in court on hazing

BY MELISSA LEE
Lincoln Journal Star
One member of Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pleaded no contest to a hazing charge Thursday, while the attorney for another argued in a pre-trial hearing the six hazing complaints leveled against his client were too vague to be properly defended.
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UNL frat member pleads no contest to hazing, procuring

By MELISSA LEE
Lincoln Journal Star
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity member has pleaded no contest to charges of hazing and procuring alcohol for a minor. James Glover, 20, of Bellevue originally had pleaded not guilty to the charges that stemmed from a UNL police investigation of Sigma Chi fraternity.
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UNL frat member opts not to change please in hazing case

By the Lincoln Journal
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sigma Chi fraternity member set to change his plea on charges related to an alleged hazing incident had a change of heart Thursday. Instead of changing his not guilty pleas, Kyle Humphrey asked Lancaster County Court Judge Gale Pokorny to set his case for a jury docket call.

“(My client) had a change of heart,” attorney Korey Reiman said.

Pokorny set Humphrey’s docket call for Aug. 4. Humphrey faces misdemeanor charges of procuring alcohol for a minor, hazing and theft by receiving stolen property. The latter relates to a road barricade worth $75 that police found in his bedroom during a search of the fraternity in March. Full story.

Tort claim filed against U. of Nebraska-Lincoln in hazing case

By MELISSA LEE
Lincoln Journal Star
The attorney representing an alleged hazing victim at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln said Friday he also has filed a tort claim against the university regarding UNL’s failure to enforce anti-hazing rules.

Attorney Thomas White made the comment during a 10-minute hearing for a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victim’s father. The tort claim says UNL knew or should have known about hazing activities at Sigma Chi fraternity.

Court documents say Sigma Chi pledges were subjected to a series of hazing events last fall, including paddling, forced alcohol consumption and one incident in which a pledge was sodomized by a stripper holding a sex toy.

That pledge, who was 18 at the time, “withdrew from the fraternity, has suffered humiliation, is depressed, sought counseling and is transferring away from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” the tort claim says.

UNL was negligent in supervising Sigma Chi, the claim says, and therefore directly contributed to the alleged victim’s injuries. It seeks unspecified damages. Full story.