- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - A fraternity at the University of Washington is disbanding because of hazing incident earlier this year.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/4QqFaw ) that all members of Beta Theta Pi must move out of the house about a block north of campus as part of a decision by its international organization.

There are 126 members of the fraternity, 80 of whom live in the chapter house.

Details of the hazing have not been made public. The UW chapter has been suspended since October while the international office investigated.

Judson Horras, administrative secretary of that office, which is located in Oxford, Ohio, said the chapter has been cooperative and taken responsibility, which he calls “rare and refreshing for undergraduate men.”

He said the organization is waiting on the university to decide how long the Beta Theta Pi chapter should remain disbanded. When the fraternity regroups, he said, all the former members will have to reapply and be thoroughly vetted to understand what their role in the hazing was.

Also this week, a fraternity at Washington State University, Phi Kappa Tau, lost its recognition until August 2017 after allegations of hazing and conduct violation. That investigation was done by the WSU’s Office of Student Standards and Accountability. The fraternity has said it will appeal the decision in Whitman County court.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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