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UConn sorority suspended for four years for hazing

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A sorority at the University of Connecticut has been suspended for at least the next four years after the university found that members engaged in hazing.

Kappa Kappa Gamma was found by the university to have violated multiple section of the student code, including hazing, endangering behavior, serving alcohol to minors, and abuse of the university student conduct system.

According to a statement from UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz, "the University's decision to revoke Kappa Kappa Gamma's registration and recognition was not taken lightly, but it was appropriate and imperative in light of the severity of the circumstances. The safety of our students is paramount, and UConn will continue to take swift and appropriate action whenever necessary to protect their well-being."

The investigation into Kappa Kappa Gamma began after sophomore Hillary Holt said she was hazed at an off-campus fraternity house in March.

After the incident Holt told Eyewitness News "one bottle of wine, three nips, three shots and one beer that I know of." 

Holt gave Eyewitness News a rundown of the laundry list of drinks she said she was forced to down during a two hour period.

"They did put the drinks to our mouths," Holt said.

It started as a normal night out with her sisters at Kappa Kappa Gamma, according to Holt. She said they had dinner at a nearby restaurant and then went to the off campus Sigma Alpha Epsilon house for a night of drinking games. 

"I saw three girls blindfolded," Holt said. "I knew I was going to be hazed."

According to Holt, the sisters made her participate in various drinking challenges.

"If we did it right, we had to drink. If we didn't do it right, we had to drink," Holt said.

The drinking only stopped after a sorority sister took her to her dorm, later in the evening she was transported to the hospital.

"I know if I didn't end up in the hospital, I would definitely be dead," Holt said.

Kappa Kappa Gamma will be allowed to petition to return to campus no earlier than March, 2018.

An investigation into Sigma Alpha Epsilon related to this incident was also conducted, their review meeting is scheduled for next week.

Three additional organizations, Delta Zeta, Delta Gamma and Sigma Phi remain under interim suspension from a different incident and remain under investigation.

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