Southeastern Louisiana University Sorority Members Accused of Hazing
By Leigh Culbert Weekend Anchor/Reporter
April 26 2008 |
NEW ORLEANS – Seven sorority members accused of hazing another student at Southeastern Louisiana University are seeking a court order allowing them to return to school while they appeal their suspensions.
A lawyer for the University of Louisiana System asked a federal judge Friday to dissolve a temporary restraining order that allowed the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members back on SLUâ€™s Hammond campus this month.
The studentsâ€™ lawyers want to extend the order, which a state judge issued April 14.
U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon says she expects to rule by Monday.
The studentsâ€™ accuser, Arieal Ellis, claims she was hazed during an off-campus party in January. Ellis says she was locked in a room, told to take off her clothes, struck with a belt and a paddle and slapped in her face.
Ellis recanted her allegations several days after she made them. But a school official said Ellis changed her story again and â€œreiteratedâ€ the allegations shortly after she recanted them.