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UArizona withdraws recognition of fraternity due to hazing violations

Posted at 11:50 AM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 19:41:55-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona withdrew recognition of a fraternity after it violated school anti-hazing policy.

According to the university, Alpha Epsilon Pi had multiple violations of the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct.

In a press release, UArizona said the violations were for hazing and causing bodily harm. The university says withdrawing recognition is the most serious action it can take against a campus group.

"I am disappointed and frustrated with AEPi members who actively disregarded university policies and expectations," said UArizona Dean of Students Kendal Washington White, in a statement. "This behavior is a serious disservice to the 50 fraternities and sororities who are following the rules and providing positive experiences for their members."

The incident is the latest fraternity trouble for UArizona. Last month, the university suspended Theta Chi fraternity after officials were served with a notice of claim over hazing allegations.

Alpha Epsilon Pi, which is located at 1510 N. Vine Ave., was founded in 1913 and has 160 active members on campus. It can now no longer use campus facilities and resources and can't take part in university events.

Fraternity spokesman Jonathan Pierce released this statement:

“There is no place for hazing in Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. As a fraternity dedicated to developing leadership for Jewish communities and based in Jewish values, we take seriously our obligation to “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.”

Chapter leaders have been educated about our policies (available here []) and given training about positive new member programs. With that said, we believe that the punishment here is excessive, especially since it impacts so many AEPi Brothers and possible future Brothers who had nothing to do with this behavior and will miss out on the unique Jewish fraternal experience that Alpha Epsilon Pi provides. Alpha Epsilon Pi International intends to appeal this decision and hopes to work with the University administration to ensure that the appeals process is fair and that we are able to use this as a learning experience for our students moving forward.”