Fraternity Hazing Allegations Surface at WVU

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Allegations involving hazing with members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity are coming out of West Virginia University.

Morgantown Police say a 19-year-old man came forward last month and told them he was hurt as a result of initiation activities at the chapter house.

Police and school officials are looking into activities that may have taken place the last few months.

On Tuesday, Phi Kappa Psi's national headquarters announced the chapter has been shut down effective immediately and will be for at least two and a half years.

The announcement came just after Morgantown Police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Nemes in connection with alleged hazing. School officials say there will be pending disciplinary action for members who may have been involved if the investigation reveals hazing did in fact take place.

Phi Kappa Psi's executive director says the action taken was necessary.

"Phi Kappa Psi has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing and holds the safety and well-being of our members as our top priority," he said in a statement. "West Virginia Alpha has jeopardized that by participating in activities that aim to humiliate or harm new members and it will not be tolerated."

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