A Phi Beta Sigma chapter at Chico State University has been suspended amid allegations of hazing, according to California State University’s student newspaper The Orion.
Newly initiated recruits were allegedly beaten by chapter members and alumni in an event on the third floor of a parking structure where nearly 100 guests were present, including fellow Greek chapters, faculty and university officials.
Chapter President Damaris Greer told the Orion it was a “unity and strength show” and said there was no fighting.
But Greer doesn’t disagree that their actions could be mistaken for hazing.
“By law, I do think it was hazing because the new members participated in the event,” he said.
The Sigmas may attempt to appeal the university’s decision.
“We do plan to take some action,” he said. “Right now we are talking to our national chapter to see what are our best options.”
The Sigmas’ suspension will be lifted at the conclusion of the semester if they follow certain guidelines from the university administration.
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