UT has disciplined two fraternities on the Knoxville campus for alleged hazing incidents.
According to a press release, Sigma Chi has been put on probation for two years due to hazing activities involving food and garbage on August 27, though the university did not supply any details about the incident.
The fraternity is banned from all social events and requires each member to perform community service. The chapter must also present a fraternity-wide hazing re-education and prevention program and pay to install security cameras in the public areas and exterior of its house. The chapter accepted the sanctions and has agreed to comply with the terms.
Lambda Chi Alpha is now on interim suspension while the university investigates a hazing incident that happened on Sept. 10. UT says the fraternity is accused of forcing of pledges to perform a militaristic exercise regimen. One pledge sustained a minor injury.
For now, the chapter cannot engage in formal activities on or off campus. Once the investigation is complete, the university will recommend sanctions, which the chapter can accept or request a hearing on. The interim suspension will remain intact until the process is complete.
"We will not tolerate hazing of any kind. We take immediate action to investigate any reports and take the appropriate action," said Jeff Cathey, associate dean of students.
After an incident last year where a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity member was taken to the hospital after an alleged alcohol enema incident, a UT task force released a report with recommendations for improving fraternity and sorority life and culture on campus.