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UConn sorority suspended

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A sorority on the University of Connecticut campus has been suspended after allegations of men being forced to eat dog treats, paint their bodies and wear ladies' underwear.

The Delta Zeta sorority was suspended by the university on Wednesday. The suspension was "effective immediately." It marks the third Greek life organization to be suspended in the past two months.

The interim suspension came after a group of men were forced to drink alcohol, take body shots off each other, eat dog treats, paint their bodies and wear ladies' underwear at Mansfield Apartments on March 7.

"I'm not sure I would," said Joe Parker, a UConn junior. "That's pushing the limits."

The suspension means that Delta Zeta cannot "host or participate in any chapter activities" or "participate in any outside organizations in which a member may be representing Delta Zeta."

"There's definitely been some hazing incidents that have been inappropriate," said Taylor Sullivan, a senior. "But something like that, where no one is being physically harmed, I wouldn't say there's anything wrong with that."

If members of Delta Zeta do not comply, university officials said the sorority could face "additional violation notices." Also, university officials said if members of Delta Zeta retaliate against the person filing the complaint, it would be a "serious violation of The Student Code."

University officials said the suspension is not a "sanction."

"This action is preliminary in nature and is utilized when information indicates that the presence of your organization on campus could pose a threat to the health and safety of the campus community. It is in effect until this student conduct matter is resolved," said Kimberly Hill, the UConn associate director of community standards. 

Jeanine P. Triplett, the National President of Delta Zeta released a statement Thursday afternoon.

"The sorority does not condone hazing and is committed to its eradication. These alleged actions are an embarrassment and disappointment not only to Delta Zeta Sorority but to the entire Greek community. Members are expected to conduct themselves in alignment with the sorority values that exemplify integrity, good citizenship and leadership, and we look forward to fully resolving this in a cooperative manner."

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was suspended earlier in the year after allegations of hazing when a sorority member was forced to drink to the point of passing out.

The national chapter ordered the UConn chapter to cease and desist all activities while they investigate an allegation of hazing involving Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sister Hillary Holt.

The UConn chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma was also suspended.

Eyewitness News has reached out to the national headquarters for Delta Zeta, but the calls have not been returned.

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