October 24, 2020

Troy University suspends second fraternity over alleged hazing abuses

Troy University is investigating allegations of hazing at a second fraternity just days after suspending its Sigma Chi fraternity for a hazing incident.

The Troy chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon will remain suspended throughout the investigation, which Dean of Student Services Herb Reeves said he expects to be completed by the end of the week.

“We are extremely disappointed to receive a second report of rules violations by a Greek organization this semester,” Reeves said. ““Troy University is committed to maintaining high standards of conduct and safety among campus organizations, and groups found in violations of rules will face appropriate punishment.

“We were made aware of the incident through the national organization after they received a message at their anti-hazing hotline,” Reeves said. “The national organization will be here this week to assist us in the investigation.”

Reeves said the university is still early in its investigation and could not discuss details of what hazing allegations have been brought forward.

No criminal charges have been filed related to the incident, Reeves said, and there is no criminal investigation at this time. The university will determine discipline of the chapter once the investigation is complete.

The university completed its investigation of Sigma Chi last week, determining to suspend the local chapter or the remainder of the semester and taking disciplinary action against all seven students involved. The students were also expelled from Sigma Chi. Eight students were victims of hazing in that incident.

The number of potential victims in the DKE incident is not yet clear, Reeves said, nor is the number of people involved in the possible hazing.

Reeves said the allegation “basically involves… excessive calisthenics, violations of alcohol policies and verbal abuse.”

At this time, Reeves said he does not know of any victims requiring medical attention.