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Arrest of 15 Tau Kappa Epsilon members for alleged physical hazing stuns Longwood College campus

Longwood Suspends Frat, 16 Charged In Hazing Probe

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) – Longwood University has suspended a fraternity and more than a dozen people face charges following a hazing investigation.

In a statement posted Wednesday on its website, Longwood says 16 members and associates of Tau Kappa Epsilon have been arrested.

The school’s Fraternity and Sorority Life office learned about allegations of hazing within TKE’s Rho Kappa chapter in early September and notified the Longwood University Police Department.

Longwood didn’t provide details but it says more arrests are expected. The investigation by university police and the Farmville Police Department is continuing.

The suspects face judicial charges through Longwood’s honor and judicial programs.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; 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 current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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