Students Sue Howard University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for Hazing
With each passing year comes new hazing accusations, including a most recent one by Howard University seniors Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield.
On February 28, the two students filed a lawsuit under the D.C. Human Rights Act against Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for allegedly violating their human rights and the HBCU for failing to protect them against the hazing. According to the Washington City Paper, both students expressed interest in the sorority and experienced abuse throughout their pledging process.
“Some of the ‘hazing’ rules sound innocuous, if extensive, like being forbidden from wearing the sorority colors of pink and green or any colors that could be blended into pink and green,” the paper reports. “In one humorous moment, the lawsuit notes that the pledges, who were called the ‘sweets,’ couldn’t even wear white pearls.”
Compton’s mother, a member of AKA herself, posed concerns for her daughter. She wrote in a complaint to the sorority, “[Alpha Kappa Alpha members] on campus addressed the sweets by calling them weak bitches.”
After applying to pledge a second time, Compton and Cofield were denied because of a “cap on membership.” But due to the fact that both young women are legacy, they feel entitled to a membership within within the organization.
Howard University and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. have not released a statement.