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Alpha Epsilon Pi loses recognition

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The University of Arizona has removed recognition of the fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi as of Nov. 12. The fraternity had been under investigation for hazing since September, according to a UA News release. Before that, Alpha Epsilon Pi was under university probation for alcohol-related events and for violations of the fraternity code of conduct.

According to a letter form the Dean of Students Office, Alpha Epsilon Pi was placed on interim loss of recognition in September for displaying reckless behavior and violating the UA Code of Conduct for fraternities. During this time, they were under investigation for endangerment and harm of members and pledges while hazing. 

According to the letter, the investigation opened up after allegations that came out about the week of Aug. 26 to Sept. 2. Around this time, new members had to endure a series of hazing incidents, outlined in the letter. Older members yelled obscene phrases to the new members and threw cups of cold water and ice cubes down the new members’ backs. New members were forced to recite an oath and then beaten by the older members in the head afterwards. Two new members reportedly sustained injuries to their mouths from the incidents. 

The new members then proceeded to take part in “chin to chest,” an activity where the new members placed their cat cards between their chest and chin and hold it there while holding other members' shoulders, according to the letter.

New members reportedly claimed that what they experienced is “nothing compared to what other fraternities do,” citing that there were rumors of worse hazing experiences throughout other fraternities.

President of Interfraternity Council Peter Leblanc declined an interview for this story. 


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