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University of Central Arkansas suspends Kappa Sigma chapter

December 17, 2018

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — The University of Central Arkansas has suspended the Kappa Sigma fraternity for one year for hazing pledges, including spraying them with cold water, putting them through grueling physical workouts and not allowing them to leave the fraternity house.

The university decided to suspend the fraternity after learning about the hazing and other questionable behavior this fall, including that the chapter gave out an award for excessive drinking, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Students also described other forms of hazing that fraternity brothers engaged in, including pressuring pledges to carry certain items with them at all times, and blindfolding and demeaning pledges.

A report sent to the dean of students last month includes an account from a Kappa Sigma pledge who said he witnessed a “potential sexual assault” by a fraternity member on a woman who seemed unable to give her consent. The pledge allegedly said he wouldn’t report it because older fraternity members warned him to stay quiet until after he was initiated, the report stated.

Amanda Hoelzeman, a spokeswoman for the university, said a police report wasn’t filed, so there was no investigation of the assault allegations.

Drew Davis, the chapter’s alumni adviser, apologized for the issues, saying the fraternity won’t appeal the decision. He said the national organization will likely remove 10 members from the chapter.

“We’re doing what we can to get the ones who are causing the problems out,” he said.

The fraternity’s yearlong suspension will be followed by a year of probation that would end in January 2021.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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