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UF fraternity suspended after "serious physical hazing"

Not three months after a Florida A&M University student band member died in what police said was hazing, a University of Florida student suffered injuries in what UF says was "serious physical hazing."

The incident happened off campus over the weekend, said UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes. She would not name the student nor detail his injuries, other than to say they were "visible" and that UF was not aware that the student went to the hospital. The fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, has been suspended pending a police investigation, Sikes said.

It happened just days after a new anti-hazing task force at UF convened for the first time, Sikes said. After the November death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, Gov. Rick Scott asked the 11 state universities to review their hazing policies.

"As vigilant as we've been with our anti-hazing programs and educational efforts and outreach, this happened in the middle of all that," Sikes said. "We cannot have this happening."

UF President Bernie Machen told students about the incident in an email Tuesday afternoon. He urged anyone with information about any hazing incidents to contact UF or the UF Police Department, acknowledging that the "secretive nature of hazing," makes it difficult to root out.

"Hazing is specifically prohibited by UF regulations, and it is also classified as a crime in Florida," Machen wrote. "We cannot tolerate hazing on our campus or in our university community, and anyone found responsible will face the gravest possible consequences, including expulsion and criminal penalties."

 

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Alfphone

another thing with the rich white man trying to keep the black man down with all these rules. I'm tired of it.

James

The fraternity was not suspended due to race but due to the fact they broke the law. What is sad is the fact that this black fraternity choose to physically break this brother down rather than mentally build him up. Clearly they have forgotten the reason their founders developed their fraternity in the first place.

hi

alphone you dumb moron it has nothing to do with race. you are obviously black

Lester

Roll tide y'all

rob

10/10 look at all this white guilt trolling

Divieden

Rob, you're as dumb as Alfphone.

SMH

It's sad that an incident with one chapter creates the attitude that its the entire fraternity. I am sure that the fraternity does not condone the actions of these members. Its sad that the ignorance and lack of respect for the law puts this fraternity and it's legacy in an unfavorable light.

John

Give it a break Machen, these things happen and will happen. Violence like this and that of FAMU is tragic and should be stopped,but I wouldn't call that hazing, just plain malicious battery. Restricting all fraternities, and the way of life they choose, is the wrong answer.

"Don't Tread on Me"

GIRL

umm THE PERSON NAME HI THAT WAS A RACIST COMMENT WHAT THE HECK YOU MEAN YOU MUST BE BLACK??

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