UCF suspends fraternities over hazing, alcohol allegations

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Two fraternities at the University of Central Florida were suspended over allegations of hazing and alcohol-related misconduct, WFTV found out.

Members of Sigma Chi and Alpha Epsilon Pi received letters from UCF, telling members they are no longer allowed as a group on campus.

According to the letters, member of Alpha Epsilon Pi accepted responsibility for hazing, disruptive conduct, harmful behavior and alcohol-related misconduct.

When word spread, students said they were shocked.

"A lot of people wear shirts that say, 'Keep calm and don’t haze.' We try to pride ourselves on the fact that we don’t haze and I’m surprised and taken back that people here are still hazing," said student Colin Kleinkopf.

Alpha Epsilon Pi has been suspended until the summer of 2014, but Sigma Chi faces a harsher punishment.

Sigma Chi has been suspended until 2016.

Sigma Chi is the same fraternity responsible for a picture posted on Facebook in February that allegedly shows three Sigma Chi pledges -- one being fed a drink, while the other two were slumped over a trash can.

"Honestly I think they kind of deserve it if they’re going to be drinking and hazing and doing some pretty dumb stuff and getting caught,” said student Mike McConnell.

Concerns about alcohol and hazing are what prompted the university to halt the entire Greek system in February.

It was the first time the university took such drastic measures to protect students.

University officials said the ban on social activities could be lifted this semester.

Before they can be reinstated, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Chi will have to complete a series of anti-hazing activities and work with their national organizations.

If they don’t, officials said the fraternities could be suspended even longer.