UA boots another frat over alleged hazing

Sept. 3, 2012 at 5:08 PM

TUCSON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The University of Arizona stripped the local chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity of recognition over instances of hazing, officials said.

After an investigation, the frat, nicknamed "Tekes," was found in violation of the school's code of conduct and booted last week by the dean of students, the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, reported Sunday.

New members of the frat allegedly subjected to "forced consumption of alcohol, extreme physical exertion to the point of individuals either vomiting or passing out [and] sleep deprivation," the university said.

Alleged hazing at Tau Kappa Epsilon "was part of their practice as an organization, which we couldn't allow to continue," said Dean of Students Keith Humphrey.

Chapter president Billy Dimitri, a UA senior, said the fraternity plans on appealing the decision, adding that the allegations were made by "a disgruntled former member we kicked out who's trying to get revenge."

The UA chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon has also been suspended by its headquarters, based in Indianapolis.

"We have a zero tolerance policy for hazing," said Tom McAninch, a spokesman for the frat.

The UA kicked out two other fraternities earlier this year.

In January, the local chapter of Phi Kappa Psi was stripped of its recognition over allegations of hazing and underage drinking, as well as lying to try to cover up wrongdoing, and in April, the local chapter of Delta Chi was booted for repeated violations that "presented a threat to the health and safety of members," the university said.

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