- Associated Press - Monday, March 10, 2014

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - A national fraternity whose Arizona State University chapter was expelled by the school is banning pledging at all of its chapters.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1nxS8Rh) the dissolving of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s pledge program took effect Sunday.

The fraternity says it wants to eliminate class structure between new and active members.

The announcement comes after the fraternity has faced several incidents at chapters across the country, including two high-profile ones at ASU.

Jack Culolias, a 19-year-old ASU freshman and Sigma pledge, was found dead in the Salt River in December 2012. He had been kicked out of a frat event at a Tempe restaurant for intoxication.

A 20-year-old member passed out in May after consuming 20 shots of tequila in two hours as part of a drinking contest.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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