Our partners at The Acadiana Advocate reported the suspension from campus of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette fraternity.
The three year suspension stems from an investigation into hazing and is the second suspension at the school in four months.
The Zeta Xi, the undergrad chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was suspended for three years after an investigation into allegations of hazing including “sleep deprivation, paddling and Code of Conduct violations,” the university said in a statement.
According to The Acadiana Advocate, "The reported incident happened in the spring 2022 semester. The suspension took effect August 25, 2022." senior communications representative Eric Maron said.
When reached by email, chapter adviser Richard Travers had no comment.
The allegations were jointly investigated by UL Lafayette’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department. Maron said no criminal charges or summonses were issued in the case.
According to the chapter's website, "The Zeta Xi chapter was charted at UL Lafayette, then the University of Southwestern Louisiana, in 1968."
Alpha Phi Alpha is one of nine fraternities and sororities in the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the governing body for the historically African American fraternities and sororities.
Alpha Phi Alpha is the second fraternity to be suspended from UL Lafayette’s campus this year.
A statement from Alpha Phi Alpha can be read below:
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has suspended Zeta Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for three years following an investigation of hazing allegations.
The reported incident occurred during the Spring 2022 semester. Allegations included sleep deprivation, paddling and Code of Conduct violations.
Because hazing violates both University policy and state law, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and ULPD investigated the allegations.
UL Lafayette has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing and takes allegations and incidents of hazing seriously. The University provides hazing prevention resources and training and encourages anyone to report suspected hazing by visiting this website.