Friday, February 13, 2009

Phi Beta Sigma Suspended at VSU for Alleged Hazing

VSU student injured, fraternity suspended after alleged hazing
By Karin Kapsidelis

A Virginia State University student has been hospitalized and a fraternity suspended after an apparent hazing incident.

The student, identified only as a junior from Chesapeake, had surgery Wednesday as a result of the injuries, VSU spokesman Thomas Reed said yesterday.

He said the student sustained significant injuries, which he characterized as "extreme bruising that led to more complications."

The VSU chapter of the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma has been suspended while the incident is investigated.

Reed said the student went to the campus health center on Tuesday and was referred to Southside Regional Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.

Campus police are investigating the incident, which occurred off campus, Reed said. When it is determined where the incident happened, the case will be referred to law enforcement in that jurisdiction.

He said there were no previous reports of problems with Phi Beta Sigma.

"We have never had an issue with this particular organization," he said.

"We are appalled at these allegations and will do everything possible to ensure that those responsible for this unacceptable behavior are subjected to the full extent of the VSU judicial process," VSU President Eddie N. Moore Jr. said in a statement.
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