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Fraternity loses recognition at UA following hazing investigation
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Fraternity loses recognition at UA following hazing investigation

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Since 2012, a dozen fraternities on campus have lost recognition for reasons ranging from hazing to misuse of funds.

A fraternity at the University of Arizona has been kicked off campus following an investigation into multiple code of conduct violations, including the use of alcohol, hazing and causing bodily harm.

In spring 2018, Alpha Epsilon Pi was put on probation and prohibited from holding any events with alcohol. The chapter was then placed on interim loss of recognition status in September 2019 following allegations of hazing.

Now, AEPi has been placed under permanent loss of recognition status, meaning it will lose all access to UA facilities and resources and cannot participate in university events until May 2025. The chapter has until Dec. 5 to appeal the decision.

“I am disappointed and frustrated with AEPi members who actively disregarded university policies and expectations,” said Kendal Washington White, dean of students. “This behavior is a serious disservice to the 50 fraternities and sororities who are following the rules and providing positive experiences for their members.”

According to Jonathan Pierce, former international president and head of media relations at AEPi, the fraternity does not condone hazing of any kind, but does intend to appeal the university’s decision.

“We believe that the punishment here is excessive, especially since it impacts so many AEPi Brothers and possible future Brothers who had nothing to do with this behavior and will miss out on the unique Jewish fraternal experience that Alpha Epsilon Pi provides,” Pierce said.

Since 2012, 10 other fraternities have lost recognition at the UA for reasons ranging from hazing, violence, alcohol and misuse of funds.

Another UA fraternity, Theta Chi, is under interim suspension after a former pledge member claimed he suffered a chemical burn in his eye and a blood infection during a hazing incident in April. The student filed a notice of claim against the university in August, which detailed a pattern of abuse by the fraternity. He is seeking compensation in the amount of $1 million.

“Over the last several years, we have worked closely with sororities and fraternities on campus to combat hazing through prevention and disciplinary programs,” said Marcos Guzman, assistant dean of students and director of fraternity and sorority programs. “We provide a hotline for reporting hazing and publicize which fraternities and sororities are currently under sanction or investigation as a resource for students and parents.”

Contact reporter Jasmine Demers at jdemers@tucson.com

On Twitter: @JasmineADemers

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Jasmine joined the Star in 2019. With a master’s degree in journalism, Jasmine served in a variety of leadership roles, including The Daily Wildcat's editor-in-chief. She was also named Outstanding Newsperson of the Year by the UA School of Journalism.

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