The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman is now conducting an investigation regarding allegations of hazing by the Sigma Rho fraternity.
In a statement released Friday, September 27, the UP Diliman Office of the Chancellor reported that suspects, who are also students of UP, have been placed on preventive suspension while an investigation is under way. The Chancellor also assured its stakeholders that formal charges will be filed “where there is evidence to support such a move.”
UP Diliman reiterated that it condemns violence as it guaranteed the continuous strengthening of the anti-hazing provisions in UP’s Code of Student Conduct. “We condemn all forms of violence and all acts that covertly or blatantly disregard the rule of law,” the statement read.
The administration also encouraged its students, faculty, and staff to collaborate with them in their efforts to end violence inside the campus.
Earlier, the UP Diliman University Student Council, the UP Law Student Government, and the UP College of Mass Communication Student Council have all condemned fraternity-related violence through statements that also called for accountability from those involved.
Students led a mobilization Thursday, September 26, condemning the contents of screenshots of alleged group chat conversations involving some members of the Sigma Rho fraternity. In an interview with DZUP, Belle Ginez, UP ALYANSA Chair, said it was worrying that a culture of violence exists inside the University. “Ang mobilisasyon na ito ay para kundenahin ang culture of impunity and violence na mayroon tayo sa loob ng Unibersidad… Kasabay ng ating paglaban para sa hustisya at sa ating mga karapatan sa loob ng pamantasan, kailangan nating ma-ensure na dito mismo sa UP tayo ay ligtas, tayo ay mayroong hustisya na nakakamit,” Ginez explained.
Just last year, screenshots of an alleged group chat conversation involving some members of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity were leaked to the public. The purported conversation included discriminatory remarks against ethnic minorities, women, and the LGBT community.