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The Today File

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November 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM

UW’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity disbands following hazing reports

The University of Washington chapter of the fraternity Beta Theta Pi has been disbanded after reports of hazing this fall, a spokesman for the university said.

The decision was made by the international headquarters of the office, following an investigation, said James Ehrmann, UW assistant director of fraternity and sorority life. The fraternity can apply for reinstatement beginning in spring 2015, he said.

A spokesman at the fraternity’s international headquarters in Ohio said he would have further details later on Thursday.

All chapter activities of the fraternity were suspended in October while the investigation was being conducted.

Beta Theta Pi was suspended in 2004 following a hazing incident at a party where male students wore pillow cases over their heads and were forced to kneel while women from a UW sorority poured whip cream and flavored syrup on them. The allegations arose after the fraternity posted photographs of the party on its website.

Related story: WSU revokes recognition for Phi Kappa Tau fraternity

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