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Loyola suspends fraternity after allegations of hazing

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Loyola University in Chicago has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity as it investigates the organization for hazing.

Loyola spokeswoman Kristen Trehearne Lane said Thursday the fraternity was ordered to temporarily stop operations after administrators received “credible information” alleging the chapter is engaged in hazing activity.

“Due to the nature of the alleged activity, the Office of the Dean of Students has placed an interim suspension on the Alpha Omega Chapter, pending a full investigation and final resolution,” Lane said in an email. “Consequently, the chapter’s privileges as a recognized student organization at Loyola are temporarily revoked until further notice.”

A spokesman for the fraternity, which is based in Evanston, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Loyola is the second Chicago-area university to shut down a Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter this month. Northwestern University suspended the fraternity after allegations several female students were given a date-rape drug during an event Jan. 21 at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house in Evanston.