2 UT fraternities disciplined for alleged hazing

2 UT fraternities disciplined for alleged hazing

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UT's chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is on interim suspension while the university investigates alleged hazing. UT's chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is on interim suspension while the university investigates alleged hazing.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two University of Tennessee fraternities have been disciplined for hazing activities that happened early in the fall semester according to university officials.

Sigma Chi is on probation due to what the university says were hazing activities involving food and garbage that took place on August 27.

The two-year probation bans the chapter from all social events and requires each member to perform community service.

The chapter must also present a fraternity-wide hazing re-education and prevention program and pay to install security cameras in public areas and exterior of the fraternity house.

Sigma Chi accepted the sanctions and agreed to comply with the terms.

Lambda Chi Alpha was placed on interim suspension pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged hazing on Sept. 10.

University officials say pledges may have been forced to perform a militaristic exercise regimen. One pledge reportedly suffered a minor injury.

"That is something the university took very seriously especially when we were worried about the well being of one of our students," said Associate Dean of Students Jeff Cathey.

During the suspension, the chapter may not engage in any formal activities on or off campus. At the conclusion of the investigation, the university will recommend sanctions, which the chapter can accept or request a hearing on.

A UT task force released a report in April with recommendations for improving fraternity and sorority life on campus. The group of alumni, students, faculty and staff recommended several changes that resulted in more mandatory member and chapter education and increased communication among chapters as well as with the dean of students.

All on-campus fraternities are also required to have security Thursday through Saturday evenings at their respective houses.

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