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UAlberta fraternity put on notice

Head office will oversee all DKE practices after hazing allegations

A University of Alberta fraternity has been “provisionally suspended” for three years by its international office following allegations of hazing. Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) International has ordered the formation of a local “Alumni Council” appointed by the head office to oversee the U of A chapter.

The move comes after an investigation into hazing allegations at the U of A where new DKE pledges were, among other things, forced to eat their own vomit. As part of the provisional suspension, a representative of the Alumni Council will observe at least one fraternity meeting per month, and council members will “be involved in the planning of all major social events to ensure that Delta Kappa Epsilon’s Risk Management Guidelines are being followed,” according to a statement on DKE’s International’s website.

A representative from the International office will visit the campus at least once per semester and head office will also be overseeing the 2011 initiation. If during the three years of provisional suspension, the U of A chapter does not align its policies and practices with DKE International, which officially prohibits hazing, the chapter may be sanctioned which could include disbandment.

In late October, the U of A administration temporarily revoked DKE’s student group status pending the outcome of the school’s own investigation.

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