March 5, 2014

Chi Psi Fraternity Suspended for Hazing Allegations

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By TYLER ALICEA

The Chi Psi fraternity will be placed on interim suspension for “serious hazing” allegations, the University announced Wednesday.

The University’s announcement marks the most recent disciplinary action taken against fraternities on campus. In November, the University revoked the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity’s recognition for a minimum of three years in response to an incident — which occurred between Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 — involving “underage and excessive alcohol consumption,” The Sun previously reported.If the fraternity is found responsible for these recent allegations, it is a fair indicator that they had not implemented the changes they had agreed to.” — Travis Apgar

Under interim suspension, Chi Psi will not be allowed to “engage in any activities other than operation of its residence,” according to a University statement.

Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority affairs, said the report came from a “credible source,” who indicated that hazing activities were occurring at the house, possibly for “several weeks.”

The fraternity was previously placed on suspension by the national headquarters of Chi Psi for hazing — which was described by Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority affairs, as being a “more psychological kind of hazing” — the University announced in March 2013, The Sun previously reported.

Chi Psi was then placed on provisional recognition status on May 17, according to a statement released in June by Tommy Bruce, former vice president for University Communications.

Apgar said he could not say if the recent hazing was related to last year’s activities.

“If the fraternity is found responsible for these recent allegations, it is a fair indicator that they had not implemented the changes they had agreed to,” Apgar said in an email.

The president of the fraternity was unavailable for comment Wednesday night.

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