The Sigma Chi fraternity house is pictured after the University of Houston suspended the fraternity, March 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas.
Photo by Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle/AP

University of Houston fraternity suspended for hazing


The University of Houston suspended its Sigma Chi chapter on Wednesday, responding to allegations that the fraternity had engaged in hazing. 

University President Renu Khator said she’s “shocked, dismayed and deeply disappointed” by the allegations and added that campus police had turned over details of the hazing to local police.

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Houston’s Sigma Chi becomes the third national fraternity to be suspended this month, following a Penn State fraternity that was suspended Tuesday for posting photos of women online, and Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, which was suspended and then shuttered after a video of students singing a racist song went viral.

Five Houston students have been suspended in connection with the hazing, the details of which were not made public. But Khator said if the allegations prove to be true, they “will be subject to immediate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.”

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“Let me be clear, hazing is a criminal act, and consent is not a defense. Failure to report hazing also is a criminal offense and a violation of University policy,” she said. ”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.”