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University of North Carolina Fraternity Suspended in Wake of Death

A fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been suspended during an investigation into suspected hazing.

The Alpha-Alpha Chapter of Chi Phi issued a statement this week confirming that it has been suspended from campus for alleged violations including alcohol use and inappropriate activities with new initiates. The chapter is also under investigation by the fraternity’s national governing body.

UNC Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp said the university has zero tolerance for actions that threaten the health or safety of students.

Chi Phi pledge David Shannon of Charlotte fell to his death last year while climbing on machinery at a concrete plant. The 18-year-old had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for driving when he fell.

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