Florida Fraternity Hazing

February 9, 2012 by staff 

Florida Fraternity Hazing, The University of Florida has temporarily suspended its chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after learning about a hazing incident involving fraternity members, a university spokeswoman said.

University President Bernie Machen, in an e-mail to students, called it a “serious physical hazing incident.” University authorities learned about the incident on Saturday, school spokeswoman Janine Sikes said Tuesday.

“We believe the incident took place several weeks prior,” she said. “The hazing incident is currently under investigation with the University of Florida police.”

Dave Kratzer, Florida’s vice president for student affairs, said, “This was not a case that we know of that anyone went to the hospital — thank goodness.”

“It’s not in the realm of seriousness on the far end of things, when you think about what could have occurred with hazing, and we want to stop it now,” Kratzer told CNN.

When contacted by CNN, Alpha Phi Alpha referred all questions to the university.

Later Wednesday, a statement released by the executive director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. said it issued a cease-and-desist order against the local chapter and will investigate the incident cited by the university and cooperate with police on any criminal investigation that may occur.

“We recognize that hazing is a persistent social scourge that has proven time and time again to be difficult to eradicate and too dangerous to tolerate,” the statement said. “Alpha Phi Alpha does not condone hazing! Alpha Phi Alpha has embraced programs, which provide leadership tools to recognize, prevent and address hazing.”

The statement concluded with declarations in capital letters: “We cannot say this enough: HAZING IS DANGEROUS and ILLEGAL and must STOP! Alpha Phi Alpha has no place in its membership for the violence and brutality that accompanies hazing. HAZING IS ILLEGAL!”

The historically black fraternity dates back to 1906, when it was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. According to its website, Alpha Phi Alpha “has a zero tolerance level in regards to hazing/pledging and strongly prohibits these illegal activities in any form.”

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