UN-L suspends Sigma Chi for four years in hazing


By NATE JENKINS
Excerpt from Associated Press
LINCOLN, Neb. – A University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity plagued by charges of hazing and underage drinking has been suspended for four years, the toughest sanctions on a fraternity at the school in recent memory.

The university announced the sanctions against the Sigma Chi fraternity, one of the largest fraternities in the country and a longtime presence on the UNL campus, on Tuesday. Nine members have been cited for hazing and getting alcohol for minors from fall 2008 to early this year.

Among other things, police say fraternity members forced pledges to drink vodka and Tabasco sauce until they vomited. One student reported being sexually assaulted by a stripper. The Lancaster County Attorney’s Office said late last week it didn’t have sufficient evidence to bring sexual assault charges.

“This approach was merited in this case because of the severity of the problems,” said Juan Franco, vice chancellor of student affairs at UNL, when announcing the suspension.

“We needed to break the cycle of a culture of disregard for university policies,” he said, adding that “we are committed to working with them for positive change.” Full story.

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