FSU fraternity under investigation for hazing after student suffers fractured skull

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 21, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Florida State University fraternity has been suspended and is under investigation for alleged hazing after a student suffered a fractured skull.

The Tallahassee Police Department says the incident happened on the evening of April 9 at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity on Heritage Grove Circle.

A police report describes the incident as an aggravated battery resulting in great harm or disability. For the type of weapon used in the crime, the report lists "Hands/Fists/Feet".

The victim named in the report, a 20-year-old male FSU student, was hospitalized with a skull fracture and two brain bleeds.

A spokesperson for FSU confirmed that Alpha Epsilon Pi has been temporarily suspended "in response to an allegation of hazing" that is currently under police investigation. The university declined to comment further on the matter, citing an open investigation.

TPD did confirm that the incident is under investigation and the State Attorney's Office and the FSU Police Department are also investigating.

State Attorney Jack Campbell says he has been aware of the situation since the day of the incident and has been consulting with both FSU Police and TPD. Campbell says he has not yet made any decisions on whether charges will be filed, or what those charges may be.

“We recognize that everyone would like to have this decided or resolved quickly, but I am not going to rush it,” Campbell tells WCTV.

In a statement to WCTV, Jon Pierece, the spokesperson for the fraternity, said;

”The AEPi chapter at Florida State is currently suspended pending the result of an investigation of a non-pledging incident by the local authorities. Following the investigation, Alpha Epsilon Pi International will determine its next steps.”

Back in January, Alpha Epsilon Pi was suspended from FSU for violating the university's ban on Greek activities. However, the fraternity chapter was later reinstated.

As of April 18, Alpha Epsilon Pi was placed under “interim disciplinary action” while the incident is being investigated. This bars the fraternity from meeting or having any activities on or off campus. A copy of the disciplinary letter sent to the fraternity is available here.

Greek life at FSU has been under scrutiny since the death of FSU fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey in November 2017.

The university issued a ban on Greek life three days after Coffey's death.

The alleged incident at Alpha Epsilon Pi happened within weeks of FSU lifting that ban in late March 2018.



 
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