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University of Kansas suspends 2 fraternities until 2027

January 5, 2022 GMT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas has suspended two fraternities for five years following an investigation that accused the clubs of fostering a culture of hazing.

KU Vice Provost for Student Affairs Tammara Durham on Tuesday informed Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Delta Theta in a letter that they will be removed from KU’s campus until the spring of 2027, the Kansas City Star reported.

The letter said investigations by national fraternity leadership and reviewed by a university panel found the fraternities engaged in a pattern of hazing that, combined, included sleep deprivation, assaults, forced workouts, destruction of pledges’ property and retaliation for reporting the behavior to university officials.

According to investigation reports, in the Phi Gamma Delta house, a pledge suffered a concussion after being thrown against a locker, and pledges were forced to sleep in beds covered in vomit, urine and trash.

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The Phi Delta Theta fraternity was accused of having members routinely rifle through the rooms of pledges, breaking personal items and throwing their pillows and mattresses from windows. A report says one person who complained was subjected to an onslaught of messages from fellow house members calling him a “snitch” and “loser.” He later moved out of state.

The suspensions are the latest in a string of fraternities at KU to be shut down in recent years over hazing allegations.