University of Florida Fraternity Investigated for ‘Serious Hazing Incident’

02/08/2012 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Gainesville, FL — A fraternity at the University of Florida has been temporarily suspended over an alleged hazing incident involving the fraternity members, CNN reports.

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was placed on interim suspension pending the outcome of a formal hearing.

The University of Florida says the Greek organization was involved in a “serious physical hazing incident,” which they believe took place off campus several weeks prior.

The University of Florida police are investigating the claims.

“As that investigation proceeds, I want to reinforce the university’s prohibition against all forms of hazing — and ask each of you to help us guard against this dangerous and destructive behavior,” University President Bernie Machen wrote in an email to students obtained by CNN. “Hazing is specifically prohibited by UF regulations, and it is also classified as a crime in Florida. We cannot tolerate hazing on our campus or in our university community, and anyone found responsible will face the gravest possible consequences, including expulsion and criminal penalties.”

No specifics about the hazing incident have been released.

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