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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -
The University of Connecticut has banned three Greek organizations for behavioral violations, school officials said.
UConn said in a news release on Tuesday that Sigma Chi, Delta Gamma and Delta Theta will lose their chapter registrations, recognition and on-campus housing.
"These actions come in addition to and are unrelated to last spring's sanctions against fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma," the release said.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was suspended for five years earlier this year after a sorority member was forced to drink until she passed out, officials said. Kappa Kappa Gamma was also suspended for four years earlier this year for hazing incidents.
A school investigation showed that students, in the past, had been forced to "bob for alcohol nips in a toilet," been paddled, ate cat food, were covered in syrup and then flour, and had been forced to partial or full nudity.
UConn said it takes a zero-tolerance approach to the hazing and harmful treatment of students.
"I was always looking up to them thinking about joining one of them (Greek organization), but after hearing all of that, I don't want to," said student Siana Orellna.
The decision to revoke the three chapter registrations was deemed appropriate and imperative, according to the university.
Sigma Chi's loss of recognition started immediately and ends on Aug. 15, 2017. It is banned from Husky Village housing from January 2015 through August 2018.
To read the details of Sigma Chi's sanctions, click here.
Delta Zeta's loss of recognition was also immediate. It runs through Aug. 15, 2016. It is also banned from Husky Village, but from January 2015 to August 2017.
More about Delta Zeta's sanctions can be found here.
Delta Gamma followed similar sanctions, however, its ban is only one year through August 2015. It is banned from Husky Village from January 2015 through August 2017.
The details of Delta Gamma's sanctions can be seen here.
UConn said it has 34 recognized fraternities and sororities in which more than 2,300 students are involved. The fraternities and sorority has until Friday to appeal UConn's decision.
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