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Kappa Sigma Fraternity RELEASES OFFICIAL STATEMENT

CONCERNING INVESTIGATIONS INTO ACTIVITIES OF ITS CHAPTER
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (September 5, 2008) – Kappa Sigma Fraternity today
released the following official statement concerning an ongoing
investigation of its chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Epsilon-Nu Chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi was
ordered to cease all activities effective August 29, 2008, when the
General Fraternity learned of an incident that allegedly occurred
Thursday, August 28, 2008, pending completion of the University of
Southern Mississippi’s investigation and Kappa Sigma’s own internal
investigation.

Subsequently, the Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity
today voted to suspend the charter of the Epsilon-Nu Chapter, following
the University’s decision to withdraw the chapter’s recognition.

The activities alleged to have occurred last Thursday represent
violations of Kappa Sigma’s Code of Conduct, including the Fraternity’s
policies prohibiting hazing and concerning alcohol use and social
events.  In addition, Kappa Sigma’s Code of Conduct expressly prohibits
“little sister” programs.  These types of programs have in fact been
prohibited by the Fraternity for more than 20 years.  The activities
which allegedly occurred last Thursday run contrary to everything for
which Kappa Sigma stands and, if true, will not be tolerated.

Kappa Sigma has and will continue to cooperate fully with local law
enforcement and school officials regarding this matter.

About Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Kappa Sigma Fraternity was founded December 10, 1869 at the University
of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Kappa Sigma is one of the
five largest fraternities in North America, with more than 235,000
initiates.  Currently, Kappa Sigma has over 250 Chapters and Colonies in
the United States and Canada.  Known as the most preferred Fraternity in
North America, more men pledge Kappa Sigma each year than any other
Fraternity.

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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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