Kappa chapter suspended

Florida A&M University announced the final ruling on the length of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s suspension Monday.

The suspension that was issued March 22, is in effect until 2013. This decision came in the aftermath of the alleged hazing of Marcus Jones, 20, a sophomore environmental science student from Decatur, Ga., in February.

“We did this based on the research that showed a pattern of alleged behavior with this chapter,” said Vincent June, vice president of Student Affairs. “We just feel that they need more time to be rehabilitated.”

According to university records, the Alpha Xi chapter was suspended in 2000 and then reinstated in 2003. The national organization has given at least five cease-and-desist orders since 1999.

“Our students must understand that this is an educational institute that is committed to their well being and safety,” said Interim President Castell V. Bryant. “We must adhere to the law and do whatever necessary to protect each and every one of them.” The Kappas can appeal the decision.

June said he and his staff plan to meet with university club officers and FAMU students in a town hall meeting. They have already met with the clubs and organizations advisers.

The Leon County Sherriff’s Office is still investigating the case.

Det. Brice Google said that because so many people are involved, they are still in the process of interviewing. The Kappas can not speak to the media until the investigation is over.

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