UCF fraternity suspended over hazing allegation

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) –A University of Central Florida fraternity is under investigation following an allegation of hazing, according to school documents released Monday.

“Phi Delta Theta fraternity is under a temporary suspension, pending an active investigation that includes allegations of hazing against a pledge,” school officials said Monday.

On Jan. 5, somebody sent the university an email about a freshman student who indicated “pledging” — the initiation process of joining a fraternity or sorority — was “one of the most psychologically harming experiences he has ever experienced.”

The email said the student entered the fraternity with the “expectation that hazing would only be a myth.”

The letter also said the student’s grades had dropped due to the alleged hazing.

The email included a copy of text messages that appear to have been sent from a fraternity member to a pledge. The contents of the text messages were redacted by authorities.

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