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Denton–again. One of those names in hazing that frequently pops up in news

Selena Hernandez
DENTON (CBS 11 News) ―

Five students from Texas Woman’s University are at the center of an alleged hazing investigation.

The students were arrested this week, accused of hazing pledges in their off-campus organization called the Krimson Kourts.

University officials said the organization is unsanctioned and is not tied to TWU. The pledges claim the suspects slapped them, put them in closets and inflicted them with psychological abuse.

A student, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she knows three of the suspects. She said she doesn’t believe the allegations are true, “It has to be a lie. I know it’s a lie,” she said. “They were done wrong.”

But university officials aren’t taking any chances.

“If our students are involved in violations of federal, state or local law, we will intervene with the conduct process,” said TWU’s Vice President of Student Life Dr. Richard Nicholas.

The five students are suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. One student said at least three of the suspects have moved out of their residence hall.

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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