- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (AP) - Cal State University, Northridge, has temporarily banned its 54 fraternities and sororities from recruitment and pledging activities for new members as it investigates another possible hazing incident.

The Los Angeles Times reported (https://lat.ms/1nHlssC ) Sunday that the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity is under investigation after a complaint from a pledge who expressed concerns a week ago about activities.

Campus spokeswoman Carmen Ramos Chandler said no one was reported injured but wouldn’t release details because of the pending investigation. The ban is expected to last until the spring and “until the fraternities can demonstrate they understand what a zero-tolerance policy is on hazing,” Chandler said.

A CSUN student died July 1 during a rigorous Pi Kappa Phi fraternity hike in hot weather in the Angeles National Forest.

School administrators concluded it was a hazing incident, and the fraternity’s CSUN chapter was shut down.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the death of 19-year-old Armando Villa.

Meanwhile, the Zeta Omicron chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at Cal State Northridge has been placed on interim suspension pending the outcome of the university’s investigation.

“It is shocking and disappointing that this conduct persists after all the efforts undertaken by so many this fall to ensure a recruitment-and-intake process that conforms to the university’s zero-tolerance policy on hazing,” William Watkins, the campus vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said in a statement.

Leaders of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and officials at its national headquarters couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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