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Sep 3, 2012 8:51 PM by Erika Flores

Fraternity chapter closed down after hazing allegations

TUCSON - Members of a fraternity chapter at U of A are frustrated after they say false accusations closed them down.

This after the university told us they found Tau Kappa Epsilon guilty of hazing and alcohol violations.

Drew Rogers belongs to a different fraternity that he said has a zero tolerance for hazing.

"We don't think you could gain any respect for older guys that just beat up on you all the time," he said.

Rogers said like most fraternities on campus, they're focus is on academics and philanthropy, but he admits, he's heard of hazing incidents in other fraternities.

"Obviously, there's probably a little bit of truth to some of those allegations, but as far as I'm concerned, it's a bummer when you see good houses like that get taken off because of probably stupid things that a few guys did," said Rogers.

Tau Kappa Epsilon is the third house this year to have its chapter's recognition revoked at the U of A after allegedly disobeying the university's code of conduct.

"They sprung it up on us right before rush which pretty much ruined this organization's future," said Shervin Imankhan a senior member of the fraternity.

The university closed down their chapter after receiving complaints that the chapter was involved in hazing, alcohol violations and student harm.

"We do not haze. Pretty much what's been happening has just been news to us because we've just been hearing random stories that we've never even done," said Imankhan.

He said he believes the allegations were made by disgruntled former members that were dropped by the fraternity.

"We've never done anything like that. I've never seen anybody do such things. Our president had no knowledge of it," said Imankhan,

The chapter is appealing the decision.

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