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LSU fraternity known for controversial gameday banners shuts down amid hazing investigation

8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Friday, January 18 2019 Jan 18, 2019 January 18, 2019 10:50 AM January 18, 2019 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Another fraternity has been shuttered at LSU over allegations of hazing and other violations.

According to a letter obtained by WBRZ Friday, Delta Kappa Epsilon announced the closure of its LSU chapter earlier this week. All chapter activities and operations have been ordered to cease and the chapter must disband immediately.

The letter from the fraternity's national chapter says the closure is due to an internal investigation which revealed student members "made choices inconsistent with the policies and values of DKE." The letter specifically cites alleged hazing and violations of the fraternity's alcohol policies as reasons for the shutdown. 

DKE, known for the abrasive, homemade banners its members displayed on LSU gamedays, has been on interim suspension since August over separate allegations not related to hazing. The controversial displays frequently drew ire from passersby, and a particularly offensive banner in 2013 referencing the infamous 1970 killings of unarmed college students at Kent State prompted reprimand from the university.

The fraternity says it has filed a report with the LSU Police Department and has reached out to university administrators. An LSU spokesperson confirmed the closing of the chapter and said the university will be conducting its own investigation.

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