The Ole Miss chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has been suspended after “disappointing and troubling activities” were uncovered during a recent hazing investigation.
Ole Miss Dean of Students Mindy Sutton Ross released a statement saying: “Hazing and related behavior that put student health and safety at risk are contrary to the University of Mississippi Creed and will not be tolerated. The national organization supports the university’s decision to suspend the chapter.”
This is the second fraternity chapter to be suspended at the University of Mississippi this year.
You can read the university’s full statement below:
This is the latest major fraternity or sorority suspension in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who were shut down for hazing and the Lamda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.