Troy University fraternity suspended after suspected off-campus hazing incident

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Sep. 12, 2019 at 8:15 PM CDT
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An investigation is underway into hazing at Troy University.

The university suspended the school's chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity on Monday.

Many of the students WTVY talked to were surprised when they heard the news.

Troy University's Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves said this incident occurred off of Troy University's campus and involved more

than a dozen people.

One student has filed a police report, but no charges are being pressed at this time.

University officials believe about 14 people were involved, seven fraternity brothers and seven new members.

It's an issue the university keeps a close watch over.

"We do take this very seriously and that's why we spent the last several days trying to make sure we have all the facts and to determine what is going on and whether it's an issue with certain individuals or whether it's something that involves the entire chapter," Troy University Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves.

Reeves wouldn't elaborate on the accusations that have been made, but says this is not a common occurrence.

"Over the 36 years you know I can think of maybe you know thinking back maybe five times that we've had incidents,” said Reeves. “Five, six times at the most that we've had incidents that could be activities that were considered hazing."

Students are also disturbed with the news.

"My first thought and what everyone's first thought was, was just a shock of how that happened," said Troy University Student William Fritz.

"Really surprised most of the guys that I know are not like that almost - actually all the guys I know in Sigma Chi are great guys,” Troy University Student Molly Grace Womack. “Didn't think that anyone would go off and do something like that."

Fraternity leaders self-reported the hazing and immediately suspended the brothers involved.

Right now the fraternity is not allowed to have any on campus events.

A fraternity statement issued last week says the organization had partnered with Alpha Delta Pi and the Max Gruver Foundation to spread awareness of hazing dangers.

Gruver died in 2017 during an alcohol-ridden fraternity hazing event at Louisiana State University.

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