Alpha Kappa Alpha Accused Of Violating Student’s Rights- Clutch Magazine

Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield are two Howard University seniors currently suing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated for violating their human rights. On February 28th, the two students filed a federal lawsuit against the sorority and named Howard University as a defendant as well. The university is being sued for failing to protect them against hazing.

According to the Washington City Paper, both students expressed interest in the sorority in 2010, when they were both freshmen. Compton and Cofield attended “Ivy Day”, but are now alleging there was hazing involved throughout the 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 beblended into pink and green. In one humorous moment, the lawsuit notes that the pledges, who were called the “sweets,” couldn’t even wear white pearls.

Other hazing allegations are more serious. At one point, the pledges were told not to talk to non-sorority members at Howard, according to the suit.  “[Alpha Kappa Alpha members] on campus addressed the sweets by calling them weak bitches,” Compton’s mother wrote in a complaint to the sorority.

What makes the situation interesting is the fact that both Cofield’s and Compton’s mothers are members of Alpha Kappa Alpha. The Howard University seniors feel that their rights have been violated because they’re being treated differently because of their “familial status”—a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act. Both Cofield and Compton attempted to apply again, but were told because of a cap on membership they couldn’t be accepted. They feel as legacies, they should be given first dibs on being inducted, but the sorority isn’t willing to budge on the cap.

 What do you think about the lawsuit? 

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  • “The Howard University seniors feel that their rights have been violated because they’re being treated differently because of their “familial status”—a protected class under the D.C. Human Rights Act. […] They feel as legacies, they should be given first dibs on being inducted, but the sorority isn’t willing to budge on the cap.”

    So, they feel like they’ve been discriminated against based on familial status because they didn’t get preferential treatment for their mothers being AKA. *Shrugs* Doesn’t make much sense to me.

  • Treece

    Getting hazed (abused) into an organization in the name of “sisterhood”……never appealed to me. If you want to join a sorority or fraternity then expect to be assaulted, embarrassed, and harassed first before they become your “sister/brother”. To turn around and sue just because you believed you were a shoe in (legacy…) and then claim verbal abuse and violation of human rights is just preposterous.

  • KnowingSPR94

    As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, this is the very reason I HATE WE HAVE SUCH A THING CALLED LEGACY!!! Every young woman that seek membership into our organization should come by their own merit and achievement. Just because a Soror births a daughter should not entitle them to membership. Not EVERYBODY is worthy or qualified to represent Alpha Kappa Alpha. These are petty allegations of violating human rights… yeah right… if this is the case WHY DO THEY STILL SEEK MEMBERSHIP?!?!

  • beautiful

    Well said! This hazing needs to stop whether its psychological or not. How is demeaning someone a part of sisterhood. It even states in the bible in James 3:10 that, “Out of the same mouth come proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethen, these things ought not so to be” In other words how can I praise my sister one minute and curse her in the next breath. I would urge all sororities and fraternities to help uplift our fellow men, teach the aspirants the importance of working together and building a nation where African Americans are not frowned upon. It’s sickening to me that is how some have spent their time and energy and this is the result. We no longer have the Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey’s, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman’s, etc. If anything was to happen to Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, etc then we are doomed! There is no one to carry on the legacy of our ancestors. We have in Chicago black on blacks murders the highest in the nation and we are contributing to this demise. Its disheartening and we need to wake up! President Obama said it best when he said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”