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UA drops fraternity on alleged hazing charges

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A University of Arizona fraternity has been shut down after repeated violations involving hazing.   

Campus officials worked with the national office of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and told members the house will lose their charter.

University officials hope this sends a strong message. The lights are still on at the Pi Kappa Phi house but the chapter is no longer recognized as a fraternity on campus.

They're not the first ones to get the boot. In fact, this is the fourth one in the last year.

In January 2012, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was kicked out over allegations of hazing.

In April 2012, Delta Chi got the boot.

Last September, the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity was out, also over multiple forms of hazing.

"It's sad when we have to close chapters," Asst. Dean of Students Johanne Ives said. "So for students listening.. anything they can learn from this.. not to let this happen in their own chapter. Intervene [and] make sure to live up to values founders are setting for them."

The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is accused of hazing, violating the Student's Code of Conduct and abusing alcohol.

Members declined to talk on camera.

University officials say they have been under investigation for months. Repeated sanctions and a history of repetitive behavior finally led to strict action taken against them.

"The last thing we want to do is remove recognition for a chapter," Ives said. "Keeping students safe and providing a positive experience is our first priority."

Tucson News Now asked students if this impacts their view of Greek life on campus.

"I'm kind of scared to pledge.. not sure what will happen," UA Freshman Jenna Heldt said.

When asked if fraternities haze on campus, student Brian Connors said, "No, at least not in ours, we don't. At the end of the day we know we're all going to be friends."

"We think hazing is a difficult topic," Ives said. "Students may say they don't see hazing. Students may not identify what they do as hazing."

According to campus officials, hazing includes everything from forced consumption of alcohol or water, to push ups, sit ups, paddling or forcing members to do errands for others.

Students can anonymously report hazing incidents at 626-HAZE.

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