Washington and Lee University suspended one of its fraternities for three years on Wednesday after one member used a Taser on a pledge, college officials said.
No one was seriously injured in the hazing incident during an event sponsored by Phi Kappa Psi, university president Kenneth Ruscio said in a statement to the student body.
The incident was reported by a tipster, and the school’s public safety department launched an investigation immediately, the school said. After a hearing Tuesday night, the student-led Interfraternity Council voted to suspend the chapter for 18 months — but Ruscio decided that wasn’t a harsh enough penalty.
“This was a case of clear physical abuse, harmful enough as it was, but under the circumstances potentially even more dangerous,” he explained. “It was a specific act that occurred in a climate of intimidation that existed throughout the fraternity’s new member education program.”
The use of a stun gun was also reported to prosecutors, who could not be reached for immediate comment. The name of the students involved were not released.