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Acacia frat kicked off LSU for numerous violations

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago March 26, 2015 Mar 26, 2015 Thursday, March 26 2015 March 26, 2015 9:31 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced Thursday that their troubled Acacia fraternity chapter was being dissolved after numerous hazing acts.

The university said the chapter accepted responsibility for their actions, which included forcing pledges to drink alcohol, "personal servitude" to other members, and restricting their meals during initiation. 

Tiger TV interviewed a former Acacia pledge who said he was hazed.

"During the first night they took us upstairs and said this was our last meal for the week.  It was a tarp laid out with cat and dog food, rotten food. We were all forced to eat it until it was gone - which was a lot of food and we would throw up everywhere and we had eat that, you know, over and over again."

The former pledge did not want to be identified, also says pledges were locked in a room and told to smoke 47 packs of cigarettes, making some of them sick.

LSU said they also stole numerous items during a road trip to Auburn, including high-value items from a tailgate and a fraternity composite from an Auburn University frat house. New members were also forced to stay in the fraternity house during the pledge period which LSU said "significantly interfere(d) with academic and psychological well-being," and forced pledges to stand in a "very hot steam environment" for a long period of time.

"This behavior is absolutely unacceptable." said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. "I hope this sends a very strong message to all of our students who participate in Greek Life activities."

The Acacia national office also announced they were closing the chapter, saying they determined chapter rehabilitation "might not be a possibility." They said removing the chapter would be in the best interest of the community and university.

The fraternity was barred from re-applying for status on the campus until July 1, 2018. When it re-applies for status, LSU said they cannot involve any members or pledges from the 2014-2015 classes, and must have an alumni oversight council which cannot include members who were members of the undergraduate chapter from 2012 through 2015.

LSU gave the fraternity an interim suspension on March 12 after they were notified about the hazing. The letter notifying them about the decision was delivered Wednesday.

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