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East Tennessee State University punished Lambda Chi Alpha for hazing

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East Tennessee State University has officially suspended one of its fraternities for five years for hazing and disorderly conduct after a lengthy investigation. The university made the announcement today, which impacts Lambda Chi Alpha.

The university confirms its University Judicial Board voted to suspend the chapter effective immediately.

“The board found the fraternity responsible for violating sections of ETSU’s Institutional Disciplinary Policies,” the university said. “These violations included hazing and disorderly conduct. As a result of the suspension, the fraternity cannot engage in or sponsor any activity nor recruit new members or hold any meetings for the next five years. Any organization that has been suspended is prohibited from using university resources, equipment, facilities, services or funds, as well as participating as an organization at a campus event.”

ETSU charged Lambda Chi Alpha with disorderly conduct, hazing, providing false information, violation of general rules and regulations, as well as failure to cooperate with institutional officers.

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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