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Alabama chapter in hot water

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TUSCALOOSA | A University of Alabama fraternity has been disbanded after repeated violations of the student code of conduct and a hazing violation.

The national board of Sigma Phi Epsilon revoked the charter of its Alabama Beta chapter on Nov. 24. In response, campus administrators pulled recognition of the chapter as an official student group, said Ralph Clements III, a Tuscaloosa attorney and president of the chapter’s alumni board.

UA alumni of Sigma Phi Epsilon, campus administrators and representatives from the social fraternity’s national organization will meet to decide what must be done for a chapter to be re- established. The earliest that could happen would be the 2010 fall semester, said UA spokeswoman Deborah Lane.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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