Students Sue Alpha Kappa Alpha For Human Rights Violations

Students claim their Human Rights were Violated by Hazing

aka sorority


Howard University Seniors Laurin Compton and Lauren Cofield filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority of violating their human rights. The lawsuit also names Howard University as a defendant, on the ground that they failed to protect students who refused to be hazed.

According to court documents filed on Feb. 28, the sorority hopefuls first ran into trouble during the annual celebration known as “Ivy Day.” The two students, who were freshmen at the time, said they expected an event full of sisterhood but found hazing instead, including restrictions on colors they could wear and being addressed as “weak bitches.”

After Cofield’s mother, also an Alpha Kappa Alpha sister complained in a letter, the two pledges said they were labeled as being “snitch-friendly” and were ostracized within the sorority. After applying again for induction into the sorority in 2013, the 2 students were told they couldn’t be accepted due to a cap on new sisters.

The students are suing using the D.C. Human Rights Act, claiming they have “familial status” due to their mothers belonging to the sorority. As legacies, Cofield and Compton feel they should have been among the first to be inducted into the nation’s oldest black sorority.

Read more at Washington City Paper

22 Responses to Students Sue Alpha Kappa Alpha For Human Rights Violations

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  2. Tami says:

    OMG for real. You already new what to espect if you were legacies. Now u wanna punk them into a memebership or because u didnt get in you wanna sue? Fall back. Go grad since u dont wanna pledge anyways.

  3. Ariel says:

    Human rights? Reaching. Being legacy does not automatically qualify you as sorority material. And all this nonsense about being hazed needs to cease because we all know that Alpha chapter is about the farthest thing from a hazing chapter. These are just 2 girls who thought they deserved to be part of an elite org and felt embarrassed that they weren’t chosen. Get over yourselves.

  4. Monique says:

    All this to be apart of a so called sisterhood?? It’s not worth going through the initiation phase just to get beat up like you are in gang. These BGLO’s (Black Greek Letter Organizations) are DECEIVING thousands of people around the world. It’s all for show and status around campus. Christ is the only way ladies and you don’t need to be apart of an organization to belong. Let’s get it together and encourage one another! Also check out EX Ministries w/ Pastor G. Craige Lewis. He speaks on the truth behind these organizations and how they are misleading a lot of people. Also visit for more spiritual insight on the matter. God bless!

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  6. Seriously? says:

    Wow, your human rights are violated because a sorority rejected your request for membership. You were hazed because you were told not to wear certain colors. Los Angeles better watch out, it’s citizens can be brought up on charges of hazing by telling out of towners what colors not to wear in certain areas. Who knew? ROTFL!

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