AEPi to be hit with sanctions for hazing

Alpha Epsilon Pi will face punishments after an investigation by its national organization and the University found evidence that members hazed pledges, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Jon Pierce, a spokesman and former national president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, said the organization worked with the University to investigate a complaint levied against the GW chapter earlier this semester. He said the investigation found the complaint to be credible enough to prompt penalties, though it did not yield a “conclusive conclusion” about the allegations.

“We have decided to sanction the chapter because we want to make sure that our seriousness and our intents to not have any hazing in our chapters is understood,” Pierce said. “[The organization is] in the process of working with the University to put together a plan of action and a plan of correction.”

Pierce declined to say whether the allegations involved alcohol, but added that “the two often go hand in hand.” He also declined to say what sanctions the chapter could face, but said the chapter’s charter likely would not be revoked.

The hazing charges mark the third time a Greek chapter has been investigated for hazing this semester. GW is also investigating alleged hazing violations in Sigma Delta Tau and Beta Theta Pi.

The Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter was instructed to halt activities during the investigation, Pierce said, though the chapter was permitted to initiate a pledge class.

Nathan Kropp, the chapter’s president, did not return a request for comment. Several GW administrators also did not return requests for comment.

The fraternity recolonized on campus in 2002, two years after the University suspended the chapter in 2000 after the chapter plead guilty to hazing charges. Members had allegedly beat up a pledge on the National Mall.

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