May 18, 2024

Fraternity closed for hazing, operational violations

The Epsilon-Omicron chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha has been suspended due to hazing practices.

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The University of Tennessee’s chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha is closing due to hazing practices.

The fraternity board of directors decided to suspend the chapter, effective Feb. 22. Members on campus may not represent the fraternity, display the symbols or emblems or hold meetings in the name of the fraternity.

According to a news release, director of Chapter Services Nick Zuniga said the hazing incidents and operational violations took place over a span of three years.

“Lambda Chi Alpha has a zero tolerance policy in regard to hazing and this closure imposes the appropriate penalty given the circumstances,” Zuniga said.

The Lambda Chi Alpha house will also be closing. Current members must move out by March 6. The chapter will have to stay closed for a minimum of five years.

According to the fraternity’s site, the Epsilon Omicron chapter has initiated almost 2,400 members and currently has 100 members. The chapter was officially installed on March 30, 1932, by the Omega Zeta chapter at Auburn University. Epsilon Omicron was No. 117 in the lineup of Lambda Chi Alpha chapters to receive a charter.

Featured image by Ryan McGill

Edited by Hannah Hunnicutt

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