FarmHouse Suspends Charter for Kentucky Chapter
December 22, 2021
LEXINGTON, KY. (Dec. 22, 2021) — Today, officials from FarmHouse International Fraternity announced separate, but coordinated action with the University of Kentucky that would suspend recognition of the UK FarmHouse Chapter. This outcome was based on findings from their respective investigations.
While there was no indication from the investigation that hazing played a direct role in the tragic loss of Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood on October 18, 2021, through the investigation there were a number of other policy violations found to have occurred in the new member education process of the chapter. Hazing and the abuse and use of alcohol by underage individuals is a violation of not only FarmHouse policy, but also University policy and state and federal law.
The members of the Kentucky FarmHouse chapter chose to violate those policies and not follow the law, despite their awareness of both the law and FarmHouse/university policies.
“Fraternity establishes policies and education to help guide the development and safety of our members,” said Christian Wiggins, Chief Executive Officer. “When we learn that our members choose to disregard those policies, do not utilize the education provided or hold each other accountable, the Fraternity will impose discipline.”
Wiggins continued, “FarmHouse has high expectations for its members and all members should conduct themselves in accordance with the organization’s value set. The actions of these men do not adhere to FarmHouse values and code of conduct.”
“Our thoughts and condolences remain with the Hazelwood family.”
FarmHouse Fraternity is a collegiate men’s fraternity founded in 1905 at the University of Missouri by seven men committed to building men through a four-fold development—intellectually, socially/morally, spiritually and physically. In its 116-year history, the fraternity has initiated 30,000 members and installed 52 chapters at major public research universities across North America. The Fraternity maintains a headquarters office in Kansas City, Mo. More information about the fraternity, including its history, educational programming and life-long membership affiliation opportunities is available online at www.farmhouse.org.