Fraternity Suspended In UNC Hazing Probe

Charlotte, N.C. — A University of North Carolina Charlotte fraternity has been placed on suspension, amid an investigation into a possible hazing incident early last month, university officials said.

A separate criminal investigation is under way in Montgomery County, according to the sheriff’s office there.

The actions are in connection with events which allegedly took place on the first weekend of September during a campout involving the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Uwharrie National Forest. An 18-year-old UNC Charlotte student who was a pledge with the fraternity was hospitalized that weekend, Montgomery County authorities say.

The student was forced to drink alcohol during the campout, according to WCNC-TV.

According to the sheriff’s office, the student was taken to the hospital Sept. 7 by fraternity members after the 18-year-old failed to wake up. Doctors determined the student’s blood alcohol level was .42, more than five times the legal limit. The student has recovered.

Pi Kappa Alpha is a nationwide fraternity founded in 1868 at the University of Virginia. There was no immediate response from the fraternity’s headquarters in Memphis.

A Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at Florida International University was suspended in August, according to The Miami Herald, after a Facebook page maintained by the group contained offers to sell drugs and had boasts by students about hazing.