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Tufts Delta Tau Delta hazing initiation ends in close call

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MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – Tufts University has closed a fraternity for one year following a hazing incident in which an intoxicated student lost consciousness and stopped breathing, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Tufts chapter of Delta Tau Delta already was on probation for alcohol-related violations when the unidentified student was hospitalized Feb. 26 for excessive drinking, according to Tufts spokeswoman Kim Thurler.

Fraternity members called the campus police after the student lost consciousness and stopped breathing. He was revived and has since made a full recovery, according to Thurler.

The student’s excessive drinking was “something the fraternity was encouraging” as part of an apparent hazing ritual, Thurler said.

“It was associated with a pledge event,” she added. “We regard that kind of activity to be a serious hazing incident.”

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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