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UCF suspends all fraternity, sorority activities

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The University of Central Florida has suspended all fraternity and sorority activities until alcohol and hazing issues are addressed.

In an announcement Wednesday, the university administration said recent events indicate the school's Greek community needs a change in culture when it comes to alcohol use and hazing. No information on any specific incidents was released.

"There's no social events. There's no student recruitment. There's none of that stuff, but we can have business meetings, and we are allowed to have philanthropic events that are pre-approved by the university," said university spokesman Grant Heston.
 
Hazing has been a topic of discussion and debate in Florida since the November 2011 death of Robert Champion. The Florida A&M University drum major died after a brutal hazing ritual aboard a bus.

"I saw about 300 Facebook statuses about an hour ago," said UCF alumnus Daniel Polaski, who added there is room to improve.  "I feel like UCF is just having problems, and they're taking preventative measures, which I think is a lot better than reacting like they've had to do in the past."

The university confirms that two fraternities, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Chi, are on interim suspension for allegations relating to alcohol and hazing.  FOX 35 also learned eight other organizations are on probation.

UCF officials said they will gather information on best practices from around the country to develop a comprehensive plan to address alcohol and hazing issues.

"I would say the vast majority of our students, and our Greek students as well, are outstanding ambassadors of the university," said Heston.  "They do wonderful things in the community."

More than 3,100 students participate in 48 recognized Greek organizations at UCF.

 

Some information taken from the Associated Press with contributions from FOX 35's Kimberly Wiggins.

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