Fraternity suspended over hazing allegations

A fraternity at the University of Alberta has been “provisionally suspended” by its parent organization for three years. It follows allegations of hazing of prospective members, which include claims they were forced to eat their own vomit.

EDMONTON — A fraternity at the University of Alberta has been “provisionally suspended” by its parent organization for three years.

It follows allegations of hazing of prospective members, which include claims they were forced to eat their own vomit.

Delta Kappa Epsilon’s website states the move follows a visit to the local chapter last month by a committee of four alumni.

The committee says Delta Kappa Epsilon International will appoint an alumni council that will oversee all of the local chapter’s affairs.

The University of Alberta announced its own investigation in October after the school’s student newspaper reported allegations that pledges were swarmed, yelled at, called names and threatened with violence earlier this year.

The fraternity was slapped with an indefinite suspension of liquor licensing and other privileges connected to the University of Alberta.

The statement by the parent organization says a Spring 2011 initiation will be allowed, but that it must adhere to a revised pledge program that fully complies with Delta Kappa Epsilon International standards.