Washington & Lee Univ. suspends Phi Kappa Psi over stun-gun hazing

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(WSLS 10) - The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter at the University of Oklahoma isn't the only fraternity under fire this week. Washington and Lee suspended fraternity Phi Kappa Psi for three years for reportedly using a stun-gun on a new member and to intimidate other new members.

School officials say the incident happened during a fraternity event. No one was seriously injured. 

According to President Kenneth P. Ruscio, on Friday, March 6, the University received a specific and credible report of these activities in Phi Kappa Psi. 

Officials say allegation came through their anonymous online hazing report form. Public Safety immediately launched an investigation; at the same time, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) suspended all new member education activities at Phi Kappa Psi. The fraternity was not permitted to initiate its new members as scheduled.

Public Safety completed its investigation on Monday afternoon and submitted its findings to the IFC, which subsequently informed the leadership of the local Phi Kappa Psi chapter of the charges.

The fraternity was initially suspended for 18 months but President Ruscio said after careful consideration the punishment has been extended to three years. 

"This was a case of clear physical abuse, harmful enough as it was, but under the circumstances potentially even more dangerous. It was a specific act that occurred in a climate of intimidation that existed throughout the fraternity's new member education program," said President Ruscio. 

The names of the students involved have not been released.