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Kappa Alpha Theta

OSU sorority hazing alleged

By SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Last Modified: 10/28/2008  2:53 AM

STILLWATER — An Oklahoma State University sorority has been suspended temporarily during an investigation into alleged hazing.

Seventeen members of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, including eight incoming members, were involved in the incident that took place at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment near campus, OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said.

No injuries were reported, and OSU has no plans to involve police, Shutt said.

Witnesses not affiliated with the sorority heard noises indicating stress and possible injury coming from the apartment and notified the Student Conduct Office.

That office began conducting interviews last week for the investigation, Shutt said.

The sorority must cease all activity until further notice.

Its leaders and members have been cooperating with the investigation, Shutt said.

Individual students also are under investigation, and they could face suspension.

Shutt said OSU is grateful that no one was injured, but it is intent on discovering what happened.

“Anything that’s identified as hazing is something that’s taken very seriously,” he said.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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