- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech’s first black Greek organization has been banned from campus for 10 years after a pledge says he was blindfolded and beaten over several days earlier this year.

The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/22XKHqS ) reports that the school’s Theta Iota chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was barred for abusive conduct and hazing.

In an executive order from the fraternity recommending that the chapter disband, national fraternity investigators say that pledges were blindfolded and attacked for several nights in January while being quizzed about fraternity history.

One pledge told the national fraternity he was hospitalized and withdrew from school. Five other pledges backed his statement.

Blacksburg Police Lt. Mike Albert says an investigation was conducted, but no criminal charges were filed. He didn’t immediately reply to email and voicemail messages asking why.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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