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Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter under scrutiny at Florida Atlantic

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Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity has been suspended from all school activities since an investigation into an Oct. 17 hazing incident got under way. University officials on Friday would not release details of the incident, but did confirm the investigation.

The university does not tolerate hazing, and the chapter of the national fraternity, known as SigEp, faces severe consequences if its members are found to be at fault, said Charles Brown, FAU vice president for student affairs.

“I don’t tolerate it,” Brown said. “I will close the chapter down.”

FAU is working with SigEp’s national organization to get the investigation completed quickly, Brown said.

SigEp began at FAU in 1994 and is one of 13 fraternities on campus. The local chapter has had a good standing at the university, Brown said, and is part of a push to get more students involved in the Greek life of fraternities and sororities.

“They teach leadership, civic engagement and philanthropy,” Brown said.

But without “civility,” it’s not the kind of example the university wants, he said.

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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