UConn has placed two Greek organizations on interim suspension under suspicion of hazing students in a fraternity off-campus in February, days after suspending a sorority accused of hazing.
On Wednesday night, UConn placed the Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Gamma sorority on interim suspension in connection with an incident on Feb. 28.
This brings the total of UConn fraternities and sororities on interim suspension to five.
Letters sent to both organizations say members forced men affiliated with Sigma Chi to bob for alcohol nips in a toilet and eat cat food. They are also accused of paddling the students, covering them with syrup, then flour and forcing them to be partially or fully nude.
"We are aware of the hazing allegations involving our chapter at UConn. We are working closely with the university and chapter to resolve the issues at hand,” Lisa Dodge, assistant director of communications with the International Delta Gamma Sorority, said in a statement. “We care about the health, safety and human dignity of our members. Delta Gamma has a zero tolerance policy on hazing however we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.”
Michael Church, executive director of Sigma Chi, also released a statement.
"On April 9, Sigma Chi International Fraternity Headquarters was made aware of the allegations towards the Gamma Omega chapter at the University of Connecticut. We have already instituted our response protocols to address the matter and our own investigation is underway,” Church said. “In the meantime, we are in complete cooperation with the University of Connecticut administration as they conduct a simultaneous and parallel investigation into the matter. Should individuals be found responsible for having engaged in the activities described in the allegations, Sigma Chi will work collaboratively with the University of Connecticut and the men of the local chapter to institute appropriate disciplinary activity."
The interim suspensions were effective immediately.
The school has issued interim suspensions to five sororities and fraternities since March.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity have been temporarily suspended since March in connection with an alleged incident that happened March 6 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon off-campus fraternity house on Route 195, according to the university.
The National Sigma Alpha Epsilon said the minute they learned about the allegations, they placed the chapter on a cease and desist order and are using this time to determine what might have taken place.
They said the fraternity apologized to the student affected and there is nothing that leads them to believe that there is a history of this at this chapter.
They added that this is not what the organization stands for and not what they strive for our
According to school officials, the allegations against Kappa Kappa Gamma and Sigma Alpha Epsilon were reported to UConn police.
Since they took place off-campus, State Police took over the investigation. In March, state police detectives declined to file charges in the case.
UConn Police do not have active investigations into any of the other alleged incidents.
A letter written by Kimberly Hill, associate director of community standards at UConn, detailed an alleged incident at Mansfield Apartments on March 7.
"The incident is described as the following: members of Delta Zeta allegedly forcing men involved with a fraternity to consume alcohol, to eat dog treats, to paint their bodies, to wear women's thong underwear and to take shots of alcohol off each other's bodies, among other things," the letter stated.
Jeanine Triplett, national president of Delta Zeta, said the sorority does not condone hazing and is committed to its eradication.
"These alleged actions are an embarrassment and disappointment not only to Delta Zeta Sorority, but to the entire Greek community," she said.
During an interim suspension, the organizations cannot host or participate in any activities as an organization.
Members are also prohibited from participating in other organizations or activities while presenting themselves as representatives of the suspended organization.