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WCU fraternity on 5-year suspension after hazing allegations

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CULLOWHEE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The Western Carolina University Police Department said they are investigating hazing allegations against Pi Kappa Alpha.

A person first informed police that a student had reported being hazed and assaulted on Feb. 27, according to the incident report. The person contacted the associate vice chancellor Kevin Koett, who contacted campus police, the report said. 

Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office interviewed the victim. Deputies said he told them he was at the Tree House Apartments for pledging tasks for Pi Kappa Alpha on Feb. 21. 

The victim said the pledges were forced to repair a broken chair while being cussed and yelled at, deputies said. The victim said he was struck on the cheek by a fraternity member and was forced to do push-ups.

Deputies said the victim reported that on Feb. 26, a fraternity member turned a hose on and placed it in the victim's mouth, forcing him to recite the fraternity's preamble. Deputies said the victim said fraternity members were holding his face and did not allow him to turn away from the water to breathe.

A victim was placed on his back on the floor with a pan of water pouring into his mouth while he was forced to recite the fraternity's preamble, said deputies. 

The victim reported that on Feb. 27 he tried to leave the Pi Kappa Alpha house and an unknown alumni entered his vehicle and grabbed his gear shift, knocking it out of gear. 

An incident report from the Western Carolina Police Department said there were no signs of injury from any incidents on the victim and he did not want to press criminal charges. 

Western Carolina University said they have suspended the Zeta Xi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for five years following violations of the university's Code of Student Conduct. 

“The behaviors exhibited by members of the Zeta Xi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha are not in any way indicative of the values of Western Carolina University,” Chancellor David O. Belcher said. “While we appreciate the many positive contributions that Greek-letter organizations add to campus life, we absolutely will not tolerate behaviors that put the health and safety of students at risk.”

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