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Reports: USM knew of hazing before fraternity exited house

February 6, 2019

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Incident reports show the University of Southern Mississippi knew a fraternity chapter was engaging in hazing before the university placed the fraternity on an action plan and evicted them from their fraternity house.

USM put the consequences for the Sigma Chi fraternity in place in December for Student Code of Conduct violations. The chapter is subject to a membership review, social event ban and an alcohol moratorium.

The Hattiesburg American obtained reports for the last five years showing that campus police were frequently at the fraternity house for various infractions, with citations and arrests taking place during many of those visits. Among other things, they show dozens of times police cited the fraternity for violating the Southern Miss alcohol policy.

It does appear some restrictions were given to the fraternity prior to the three-phase plan of action.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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