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Times FreePress report: Delta Sigma Theta


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Five members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority accused of hazing another student have been placed on interim suspension at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

One student, Seirra Smith, 22, is scheduled to appear May 5 in Hamilton County General Sessions Court on two counts of simple assault.

The suspensions and criminal charges stem from an April 10 police report made by Jasmine Johnson and her mother, Karen Drake, accusing five members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority of assaulting her.

Judicial hearings are being scheduled at UTC for 13 students, including the five on interim suspension, said Chuck Cantrell, university spokesman. Some of the hearings have been completed; others are pending, he said.

Federal law prohibits the release of the findings of the student conduct hearings, 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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