West Virginia U. suspends fraternity

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West Virginia University Tuesday said it has suspended a fraternity following an investigation into an alleged hazing incident in October that involved alcohol.

The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity previously was put on temporary suspension while the matter was investigated, said Ron Justice, director of student organization services.

The suspension likely will remain in force for at least two to three years, he said, during which time the fraternity will not be recognized as a student organization, cannot use campus facilities and its members must move out of the fraternity house.

The alleged incident occurred during the overnight hours Oct. 15 and 16 and involved a drinking game, Mr. Justice said. About 20 to 25 pledges or associate members were present, some of them less than legal drinking age, and a substantial number of those present were drinking, he said.

Mr. Justice said at least one student became ill. He said the university believes peer pressure was used.

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