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Saturday, July 11, 2020

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UH fraternity suspended after hazing allegations


President and Chancellor Renu Khator has announced the immediate suspension of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Sigma Chi after allegations of hazing within the fraternity.

“I am shocked, dismayed and deeply disappointed that allegations of this nature have arisen on our campus,” Khator said in an email to faculty, staff and students.

In addition to the fraternity itself, the University has suspended five students while an investigation, which was turned over to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office today, will determine if charges will be filed.

If the allegations are proven, the students face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from UH.

“Those who engage in such reckless and immature behavior will be punished to the full extent of the law and in accordance with University policies,” Khator said in the email.

These allegations come after racist chants at the University of Oklahoma were reported, garnering national attention and bringing to light potentially dangerous activities by fraternities and sororities.

“I expect all of our students, regardless of whether they belong to a Greek organization, to understand the obligations they have as members of our community,” Khator said. “These include upholding the highest values in their decisions and actions, and personifying a campus culture based on treating every person with respect and dignity.”

Correction: Originally this article stated that the racist chants at OU were part of a hazing ritual, which is incorrect.

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