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Records show new problems for more UL Greek Life

KATC Investigates has uncovered new documents that show new problems for more Greek organizations at UL.

There are three pending investigations into allegations of hazing by fraternities. Sigma Chi is on interim suspension. Lambda Chi Alpha is only under investigation since the incident happened more than a year ago, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been kicked off campus.

We realized our initial public records request last month from UL was incomplete, so we filed a new request to see just how many fraternities and sororities were facing allegations of hazing.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was told October 25 that they are kicked off campus for four years.

The fraternity is accused of providing false information, hazing, aiding underage possession and consumption of alcohol, and failure to comply with the university during its investigation.

SAE was first reported in September this year for various issues. Then, on October 26, UL received another tip that SAE is accused of bruising and hazing injuries, dating back to 2016.

While on suspension, the organization must attend meetings for alcohol awareness and decision-making. When SAE returns to UL, the fraternity will be required to conduct quarterly meetings with the administration to ensure they’re in compliance with all sanctions, training and UL policies.

Two other fraternities are under investigation.

Lambda Chi Alpha is accused of burning a new member between the fingers in the fall of 2017. Sigma Chi is accused of making fraternity pledges dress differently than members and misuse of alcohol.

The only sorority named for potentially hazing was Tri Delta, but they’ve since been cleared after university officials say the incident did not involve the entire sorority.

A UL spokesman says hazing is a violation of university policy and Louisiana law. When UL receives a tip, the university investigates as well as UL police.

We did ask if UL police is still investigating any Greek organizations or individual members, and they said, “The university will take appropriate action, based on the findings of its investigations.”

UL said they take all allegations of hazing seriously and encourages anyone to report suspected hazing.

Chris Welty

Chris Welty

Chris Welty is a multimedia journalist at KATC.
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