UConn bans fraternity over hazing incidents

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has banned a fraternity for repeated hazing incidents, including one at a pledge event in February when a student was hospitalized with severe alcohol intoxication.

The school informed Phi Gamma Delta on Sept. 30 that it was permanently expelled, UConn spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Tuesday. The ban followed an investigation by a school committee.

Emails seeking comment were sent to student leaders of the local Phi Gamma Delta chapter and the national organization.

The student who was hospitalized had a blood-alcohol level that was four times the legal limit for driving, school officials said.


UConn said in a letter to the fraternity that it was “a serious danger to its members and the UConn community” because of the February incident, as well as other hazing incidents that occurred in previous years and after the February event.

“The ongoing culture of hazing at Phi Gamma Delta’s UConn chapter and last February’s incident could have produced tragic results,” Reitz said in a statement. “Such severe misconduct warrants the strongest possible action proposed under UConn’s conduct process.”

Another fraternity, Zeta Beta Tau, was expelled from UConn in April for hazing and endangering students, including one who survived a fall from a third-story dorm window in October 2019.

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