Troy University Suspends Fraternity After Hazing Police Report Filed

Montgomery Advertiser | Melissa Brown | September 11, 2019

Troy University officials and local police are investigating hazing allegations at an on-campus fraternity.

Troy on Monday suspended the school’s Sigma Chi chapter, a university spokesperson confirmed.

“Troy University’s chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity has been placed on suspension effective Monday, Sept. 9, following reports of alleged hazing,” University Relations Coordinator Clif Lusk said in an emailed statement. “These reports are under investigation by the Dean of Student Services and the Office of Student Involvement. Troy University takes seriously any reports of rules violations by campus organizations, and will not tolerate hazing.”

A police report regarding a physical assault related to a Troy fraternity has been filed, Troy Police Chief Randall Barr said.

“We did receive a report,” Barr said. “That case is under investigation in cooperation with the university. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.”

The Advertiser contacted Troy University, Troy police and Sigma Chi’s national headquarters on Wednesday after receiving a tip about the hazing investigation on Tuesday evening.

Sigma Chi nationals said late Wednesday the chapter “self-reported” the hazing incident and immediately suspended the people allegedly involved.

“The international fraternity is now investigating the matter,” Sigma Chi Executive Director Mike Church said in a statement. “Hazing has no place in Sigma Chi and those found responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent.”

According to Troy’s website, Sigma Chi is one of seven fraternities with on-campus houses, built and leased by the school to individual fraternities to house 24 students each.

Formal fall fraternity recruitment was scheduled for Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, according to Troy’s website.

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