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UConn suspends sorority, fraternity; 5 suspended over last 2 months

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Two more Greek organizations at the University of Connecticut have been suspended, according to school officials.

According to UConn officials, the interim suspensions of fraternity Sigma Chi and sorority Delta Gamma comes after an off-campus incident on Feb. 28.

Unidentified men with Sigma Chi were "forced" to do the following items:

  • Bob for alcohol nips in a toilet
  • Get paddled
  • Eat cat food
  • Be covered with syrup
  • Forced to be partially or fully nude

"Any hazing or otherwise harmful behavior is absolutely unacceptable at the University of Connecticut, and we will not tolerate it. It violates the Student Code of Conduct, the anti-hazing pledge that all fraternity and sorority leaders sign each semester, and our commitment to a safe and respectful environment for our students, faculty, and staff members," said UConn spokesman Tom Breen in a statement Friday.

While UConn officials said the suspension is not a "sanction," members of Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma cannot "host or participate in any chapter activities." Members cannot "participate in any outside organizations in which a member may be representing" Sigma Chi and Delta Gamma.

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

The suspensions mean five Greek life organizations have been suspended in the past two months.

Earlier this week, the Delta Zeta sorority on UConn campus was suspended after allegations 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.

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.

"We urge anyone who has experienced hazing or harmful behavior to come to the Office of Community Standards or the Department of Student Activities, where you will find support and assistance. Hazing and harmful activities can also be reported, safely and anonymously, online. If this behavior is going on, we want to know about it, and we want to stop it," Breen said.

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