3 fraternities at University of Central Florida suspended

Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Chi, Alpha Epsilon Pi suspended

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Local 6 has confirmed three fraternities at the University of Central Florida have been suspended amid hazing violations.

UCF officials confirmed Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity will remain on suspension after it was found in violation of university policy, disruptive conduct and hazing. The fraternity is appealing the suspension, according to UCF officials.

Lambda Chi Alpha will be placed on organizational suspension through the end of Spring 2013, meaning it loses its university recognition. They received the suspension letter on March 4.

The fraternity is also placed on disciplinary probation for Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, meaning they can participate in any university-related activity after their suspension, but if the fraternity is found in violation of a rule of conduct, more severe sanctions may be imposed.

Lambda Chi Alpha joins Sigma Chi and Alpha Epsilon Pi, which are both suspended amid hazing allegations.

Local 6 broke the story of troubles with the Sigma Chi fraternity after a photo surfaced showing frat members allegedly forcing a pledge to chug alcohol.

At a hearing, the fraternity denied those allegations. However, the school decided to suspend Sigma Chi until the spring of 2017.

Meanwhile, the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity learned its suspension will last until the fall of 2014 after allegations that underage members were forced to drink on a bus trip.

Both fraternities were also ordered to develop programs to stop future alcohol abuse.

UCF suspended all Greek life last month while it investigated the allegations.

UCF officials say the Greek reinstatement plans will focus on preventing hazing and alcohol abuse.

Maribeth Ehasz, vice president for Student Development and Enrollment Services, said in a release she hopes many of UCF's chapters will meet the university's expectations for a culture change and will be granted permission to resume social, new member and initiation activities in early April.

"Many of our chapters are model organizations, and we expect they will develop strong plans and help lead our Greek community forward," Ehasz said. "We will work closely with other chapters that may need more time and assistance to meet our expectations."

Officials also said a new Greek Advisory Council will ensure that fraternities and sororities continue to live up to expectations after activities are reinstated. UCF is in the process of creating the council, which will include students, advisors and national organization representatives.

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