Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former Norfolk State Student Sues Fraternity, Member over Hazing. (Noteworthy News: The Latest News from across the Country)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Former Norfolk State Student Sues Fraternity, Member over Hazing. (Noteworthy News: The Latest News from across the Country)

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NORFOLK, VA.

Michlen Robinson has painful memories of fraternity life at Norfolk State University: paddle swats, punches and a punctured lung.

In a lawsuit filed last month in circuit court, Robinson says he was a hazing victim of Phi Beta Sigma on Sept. 21, 2000. He's suing the national fraternity group and a local chapter member for $500,000.

Robinson now attends Eastern Michigan University and is nervous about returning to Norfolk to have his lawsuit heard.

"Frankly, he's still scared," says Robinson's attorney, John Watts.

The fraternity's national organization, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., suspended the local chapter in December 2000 amid reports of hazing of five NSU students. Criminal charges never were filed.

Last November, one of the five students who left NSU and transferred to Towson University in Maryland filed a police report there. He told police that Sigma members drove from Norfolk to assault him again. A hospital record indicates the student suffered a fracture.

The student identified three attackers, but no criminal charges have been filed.

Since then, four Norfolk State students, including three Sigma members, have been expelled, school officials said. …

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