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WVU issues interim suspension for fraternity following hazing allegation, investigation underway

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West Virginia University notified Phi Sigma Phi fraternity on Friday (Feb. 16) of an interim suspension — taking effect immediately — following an allegation of hazing.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities received the hazing complaint, which was originally reported to the Center for Fraternal Values and Leadership, on the same day as the interim suspension notification for the registered fraternity.

The claim includes two alleged violations of the WVU Main Campus Student Code of Conduct for hazing of new members, specifically for (1) allegedly endangering or adversely affecting the mental or physical health or safety of another person or persons, and (2) causing extreme embarrassment or adversely affecting the dignity of another person or persons.

The interim suspension will remain in effect until the allegations are addressed through a formal hearing or other disposition.

During the interim suspension, members of the Phi Sigma Phi fraternity, Epsilon Chi chapter are, among other sanctions, prohibited from participating in, attending or organizing social functions as a chapter, or hosting or co-hosting social activities at another location. All recruitment and new member class programs are also suspended immediately.

Phi Sigma Phi has five days to request a review and reconsideration of the sanctions.

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