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West Virginia University Fraternity Permanently Suspended Over Hazing Incident
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 27, 2012 4:00 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 4:25 PM EST
Morgantown, Monongalia , West Virginia
West Virginia University has one less fraternity: Phi Gamma Delta has been permanently suspended from campus after an alleged hazing incident involving late-night drinking at the chapter house last month.
Director of Student Organization Services Ron Justice said the hazing occurred while the fraternity was already on temporary suspension by both WVU and its national organization.
WVU hadn't previously made the October incident public. Justice said Tuesday that's because the complaint came to his office, not WVU police.
An investigation was completed before the Thanksgiving break, and chapter members were informed of the suspension Monday night.
The chapter has about 50 members, including 23 who live at the house. Six of those are graduating in December. Justice says the other 17 will have to find new housing by semester's end.
West Virginia University has one less fraternity: Phi Gamma Delta has been permanently suspended from campus after an alleged hazing incident.
Director of Student Organization Services Ron Justice says the hazing occurred in October, when the fraternity had already been on temporary suspension by both WVU and its national organization.
WVU hasn't made any information about the October incident public, and Justice didn't immediately return a phone message seeking details Tuesday.
The university calls the suspension indefinite and says it comes in consultation with the fraternity's national office. The national organization is expected to vote on the suspension in January.
It's unclear how many members are affected, but WVU says those living at the Belmar Avenue house have until the end of the semester to find new housing.
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