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UL fraternity under investigation for hazing allegations

Posted at 12:07 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 00:29:43-04

A fraternity at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is currently under investigation for an alleged hazing incident.

A complaint was made to the university of an alleged hazing incident involving the Theta Xi chapter.

UL Senior Communications Representative Eric Maron says the chapter has been placed on an interim suspension while the dean of students conducts an investigation.

The University is looking into claims made regarding possible hazing violations. As these are open investigations, no comment can be made at this time.

The university says that Theta Xi will remain operational, but they will have to cease all activities while the investigation is underway.

"I didn't really think that was going on our campus, so to hear that something like that has recently happened... yeah, it's really shocking," said freshman Alyssa Bergeron.

The allegations come at a time when all students are required to take an online course about the dangers of hazing.

"No one really shed any light to it. This is the first time I'm hearing about it, especially with how adamant they are with us doing our mandatory hazing training," explained Bergeron. "Hazing isn't really something that you want to play around with. I mean, that's someone's child."

Along with the course, the university has an anti-hazing policy and ways to report it.

"They seem very interested in educating the students to speak up when there is hazing and to try to prevent hazing, so I'm kind of shocked there are people here that would do it," said freshman Kristin Leblanc.

Some worry hazing may continue despite the allegations.

"With everything, there's a limit, so I don't know; some people might say, 'Oh, if you have a good limit on this, then we're not going to stop it.' But, it's better to be safe than sorry," said senior Ayodamola Ajala.

UL police have confirmed with KATC they are investigating the allegations but could not provide any details on the incident.