UVA Fraternities Suspend Recruitment Activities After Alleged Hazing Leaves Student Injured

University police are investigating "allegations that hazing led to the injury of one student," a spokesperson said

<p>DAXIA ROJAS/AFP via Getty </p> University of Virginia on October 12, 2022.


University of Virginia on October 12, 2022.

The University of Virginia’s 30 fraternities have suspended recruitment activities for the next three weeks after a pledge was injured after an alleged hazing incident.

The school’s Inter-Fraternity Council shared a statement on Feb. 27, announcing the suspension after the alleged hazing incident from the Kappa Sigma Fraternity chapter that occurred on Feb. 21.

UVA spokesperson Bethanie Glover also confirmed with PEOPLE that “UVA has recently suspended the University’s recognition of the Kappa Sigma fraternity as University Police investigate allegations that hazing led to the injury of one student.”

In her statement, Glover said that if the allegations are proven true, “the chapter will be subject to further suspension or termination” and “individuals involved will be subject to prosecution and University disciplinary action.”

The university first sent an immediate Fraternal Organization Agreement suspension to Kappa Sigma, which the IFC “fully” supported.

“The University does not tolerate hazing activity, and we act quickly to investigate and pursue necessary disciplinary action when reports are made,” Glover's statement read.

Additionally, in the IFC’s Tuesday announcement, the board shared that all 30 fraternities would be suspended from social events and in-person recruitment until March 20.

<p>Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty</p> University of Virginia on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty

University of Virginia on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

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“The health and safety of our members and broader community is our foremost goal. The IFC promotes anti-hazing and risk management practices across all chapters to prevent incidents,” read the statement. “This decision was made as a commitment to anti-hazing efforts and out of respect for the ongoing situation.”

“Our primary concern is the health and well-being of the individual involved, and we extend our thoughts and prayers to the affected individual, their family, and loved ones during this time,” continued the IFC statement.

The Kappa Sigma pledge hit his head after drinking heavily and fell backward down a flight of stairs, the parent of a student witness told The Washington Post. The student remains hospitalized, the outlet reports.

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The Washington Post reports that the international office for the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has been informed of the injured student.

“Our hopes and prayers are with our member for a speedy recovery. While we do not know the full circumstances of this incident, any member found to violate the Fraternity’s Code of Conduct will be held accountable,” said Leo J. Brown IV, the national organization’s vice president for external affairs, per The Washington Post. Brown said that the details of the incident are still being investigated.

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Representatives for University of Virginia Police, the Inter-Fraternity Council at UVA and Kappa Sigma International did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for more information on Thursday.

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