UT Fraternity Sued For Risque Hazing

The Texas chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity recruited new members by hiring performers for live sex shows and committed other acts of hazing, a new lawsuit alleges.

The national Kappa Alpha Order suspended the Texas chapter and is now suing to seize its assets, including money and property, worth more than $200,000, the Associated Press is reporting.

The local chapter, now called Texas Omicron, continues to present itself as affiliated with Kappa Alpha to recruit new members, according to the lawsuit filed Sept. 1.

According to the Kappa Alpha Order, the fraternity has had a chapter at Texas for 128 years—as long as the University has been in existence.

Yet Kappa Alpha is no longer a registered student organization, dean of students Soncia Reagins-Lilly said in a statement.

“In 2004 we cancelled Kappa Alpha Order’s status as a student organization because the group violated institutional rules,” she said. “Over the past few years, we have worked closely with the fraternity’s national office, alumni of the local chapter and students to change the culture under new student leadership and bring the group back as a student organization.

“Earlier this year, we learned of a new allegation of hazing and of the national organization’s plan to suspend the chapter,” she added. “We began investigating immediately. The lawsuit lays out additional allegations that we will also look into.”

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