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Fraternity Suspended From Salisbury University After Hazing Allegations

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SALISBURY, Md. - Time and time again, fraternity hazing hits the headlines.

Stories of paddled pledges and teens consuming copious amounts of alcohol until they pass out. Those examples though, are allegations brought to light by Bloomberg of hazing at a Salisbury University fraternity.

A warning, some details we're about to tell you may be disturbing.

The news source reports the account of a former Salisbury University student who pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon in the spring of 2012. The then-19-year-old victim told reporters of a March night, where he stood in a trash can filled waist-deep with ice, only in underwear, as fraternity members sprayed him with a hose and poured buckets of water over his head. Also, SAE fraternity members reportedly confined recruits for as long as nine hours in a dark basement without food, water, or a bathroom blasting a German rock song on repeat.

WMDT confirmed these events with SU and the school tells us not only are they aware, but they also suspended the fraternity last spring for two and a half years. In fact, the University no longer lists SAE on their Greek life website, according to officials, students sign a code of conduct saying they understand the severity of hazing.

A statement was provided to WMDT from Salisbury University officials:

"In March 2012, Salisbury University received an anonymous report of hazing and underage drinking by a campus fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE).  SU Police began investigating and two months later was able to identify and reach out to a student who was an alleged victim of SAE hazing. 

"The University takes reports of hazing seriously and information was shared with Salisbury City Police, in whose jurisdiction the alleged hazing occurred. Although no charges were filed by Salisbury City Police, the SU Student Affairs Office did pursue a student judicial process which resulted in 2.5 years of penalties against the SU chapter: The fraternity was suspended from the campus for 1.5 years and placed on probation for an additional year.  This meant, among other things, that the earliest the fraternity would be able to recruit freshman members would be Spring 2015. (Please note: the University does not allow freshmen to be recruited during fall semester although upper classmen and transfer students may be.)

"Other fraternities and sororities were made aware of SAE's status and anti-hazing educational programs were reinforced. In 2012, Salisbury University had 8,657 students total; according to records, 727 were members of fraternities or sororities. That year nearly 92 percent of students were not members.

"The percentage of students at SU involved in Greek life is below the national average, according to some measures. Compared to many other campuses, SU would not be described as having a "Greek" culture.

"The University supports a healthy and productive Greek life, for example, Greek organizations are required to engage in community service.  Hazing and other illegal activities are not tolerated.

"All fraternities and sororities are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.  The Code outlines behavioral expectations as they relate to hazing. Individuals and organizations found in violation of the Code will be adjudicated through the University's hearing process. In addition, education and training on hazing prevention occur annually for all fraternity and sorority organizations.

"The University will continue to vigorously enforce its policies when allegations of violations occur."

In order for the fraternity to be considered for reaffiliation with the University, it must complete a number of sanctions including a mandated suspension of all activities through Spring 2014.

A volunteer alumni adviser for SAE's Salisbury chapter told Bloomberg that members told him there was no hazing and that he believes them. University officials could not tell WMDT if any individual students were punished.

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