HOUSTON – The parent company of the University of Houston fraternity was indicted on a hazing charge Thursday that claims the promises were deprived of adequate food, water and sleep during a three-day event where a student is body slammed and ran a lacerated spleen.
The indictment names Tennessee-based Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity Inc. and comes from the alleged incidents that occurred in November 2016. A conviction on the misdemeanor could result in fines of up to $10,000.
The organization released a statement that says that it is “not in control of any chapter or its members or their activities”, but that it also does not tolerate hazing, assault”, or any activities that do not treat people with dignity and respect.”
The indictment focuses on one student, a promise that was reportedly rolled around in puke, spit, and feces. The student was also forced to run in the dark with a glow stick while you are being attacked by fraternity members of the approach of him, according to Harris County prosecutors.
“Fraternity and collegiate good times should be safe, and hazing are not,” district Attorney Kim Ogg said. “It’s also illegal, and that must be recognized by the dozens of fraternities and sororities on college campuses across the Houston area.”
Ogg said an official representative of the fraternity will have to be present for the court hearings. The indictment was handed down by a grand jury in Houston.
In the Thursday statement, Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity Inc. said the hazing alleged in the complaint “occurred in the context of activities of an old chapter that was a “separate, unincorporated association,” of the University of Houston students.
The organization said it suspended the chapter’s charter in August, after it received allegations of hazing.
The university has suspended Pi Kappa Alpha from campus until 2023. The school said that takes its responsibility seriously to train for fraternities and sororities to be safe and to comply with applicable laws and the university policies against hazing.