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Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.

Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.
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United States

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Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.

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English


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Ohio Governor Wants Tougher Penalty For Hazing

11/20/2019
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In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch following the newspaper's Broken Pledge project, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called for the state to make hazing a felony and do what it can to eradicate the brutal behavior that is leaving some students dead. DeWine said his heart breaks for the family of Collin Wiant, an 18-year-old student from Dublin who died at Ohio University on November, 12, 2018.

Duration:00:08:57

Chapter 6: The Reckoning

11/3/2019
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In a disciplinary hearing before Ohio University officials, Collin Wiant's brothers make one last stand to save their fraternity.

Duration:00:32:03

Chapter 5: Code Of Silence

11/3/2019
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An emergency meeting before the funeral signals a path Collin's Sigma Pi brothers will follow. And a brutal confession leads to a painful secret.

Duration:00:23:47

Chapter 4: Regret

11/3/2019
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All along someone could have stopped Collin's death. Up until his final minutes decisions made by those who swore brotherhood helped cause his demise.

Duration:00:20:25

Chapter 3: The Downward Spiral

11/3/2019
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Collin Wiant is accused of sexual assault. His fraternity brothers take action but continue hazing. That triggers a decent that the university nor those closest to Collin saw.

Duration:00:17:30

Chapter 2: The Pledge

11/3/2019
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Lured into a world that's hard to escape, fraternity pledges are sold on brotherhood, status, girls and all that comes with being in an elite fraternity.

Duration:00:23:29

Chapter 1: Brotherhood

11/3/2019
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Collin Wiant, like many college students, goes off to college looking for a place to belong on campus. But do they really know what they are getting into?

Duration:00:20:07

Broken Pledge Introduction

10/29/2019
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Each year for at least the last two decades a fraternity pledge has died in this country. And every year the rinse-and-repeat cycle of freshmen hitting campus and being hazed by their peers goes unchanged. Broken Pledge is the story of how a teenager goes off to college and dies. It exposes the underbelly of a system that allows fraternities and universities to protect their brands instead of standing up for victims.

Duration:00:02:19