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Humboldt State removes Chi Phi after video surfaces

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Humboldt State University has suspended the Chi Phi fraternity as it investigates possible violations of the student code of conduct. During the suspension, the fraternity will not be allowed to recruit new members or to use campus services that are available for recognized student organizations.

The suspension follows discovery of a video that was allegedly shown to potential new members during a Greek recruitment event. The video shows what appears to be alcohol use during fraternity events as well as actions that could be construed as hazing. These activities are strictly prohibited by University policy and potentially violate state law.

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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