UGA fraternity suspended for alleged hazing

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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has now been suspended by the University of Georgia until the outcome of its hazing investigation.

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The fraternity has also been ordered to "cease and desist" any official activities and has been placed on "inactive status" by the national Kappa Alpha Psi office.

The group does not have a frat house on campus.  The Jan. 27 reported hazing happened at a privately rented Athens home.

Campus Police Chief Jimmy Williamson told 11 Alive the students are accused of beating pledges with their fists during an initiation.

"There were no injuries that required any type of medical treatment, but after reviewing everything, we felt it met the elements of the Georgia statute dealing with hazing," he said.

In addition to one misdemeanor count each of hazing, the 11 students could face separate disciplinary action by UGA, "up to and including expulsion".

"Hazing is prohibited; it's not allowed and the university is not going to tolerate that," UGA Vice-President of Student Affairs Victor K. Wilson told 11 Alive.

The Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was founded at UGA in 1971.

None of the chapter officers contacted by 11 Alive replied with any comment.

 

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