Tuesday, August 12
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut announced Tuesday that it had banned three more Greek organizations for hazing, saying students were forced to eat pet food, bob for mini-bottles of alcohol from toilets and be partly or fully nude.
The university said it informed fraternity Sigma Chi and sororities Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta they will lose their chapter registrations, recognition and on-campus housing. The decision was not an easy one, "but was appropriate and imperative," the school said.
Earlier this year, UConn banned the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma over hazing allegations.
"UConn takes a zero-tolerance approach to hazing and harmful treatment of students by anyone, under any circumstances," the university said.
Sigma Chi did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Delta Gamma said it's appealing. The sorority says it alerted administrators to the hazing and says it's inconsistent with its values.
"Our members do not condone this behavior and are sorrowed that the actions of a few have impacted so many," said Stacia Rudge Skoog, president of Delta Gamma.
Delta Zeta national President Diane Stecher said the sorority does not condone hazing and looks forward to "quickly returning to being a contributing member" of the UConn community.
Sigma Chi was banned for three years, Delta Zeta for two years and Delta Gamma for one. The groups may appeal.
University officials say members of Delta Gamma and Sigma Chi forced men affiliated with Sigma Chi to bob for alcohol nips in a toilet, to be paddled, to eat cat food, to be covered with syrup and flour and to be partly or fully nude.
A week later, members of Delta Zeta forced men to wear women's underwear and eat dog treats, the university said.
The student groups also were accused of serving alcohol to those younger than 21 or who were drunk.
The school still has 34 Greek organizations with 2,300 participants.
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