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Delta Tau Delta fraternity under investigation at FSU following hazing allegations

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Posted at 9:26 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 21:30:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Delta Phi chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Florida State is under investigation for hazing allegations, the university confirmed Tuesday.

Amy Hecht, vice president for student affairs at FSU, said in a statement that the national office of the fraternity suspended the chapter on Friday.

"The national organization of Delta Tau Delta on Friday suspended the Florida State University chapter of the fraternity pending the results of the organization’s investigation into allegations of hazing. FSU is also investigating and has mirrored the national organization’s suspension pending the completion of the investigation. The suspension means that the chapter is not allowed to operate as a fraternity on the FSU campus and must cease all chapter operations and activities. Florida State has strong anti-hazing policies and does not tolerate hazing in any form."

FSU spokesman Dennis Schnittker said the hazing allegations also are being investigated by the university as well. He said the university cannot release details of an active investigation.

Gov. Ron DeSantis in June signed into law tougher measures against hazing that were sparked in part by FSU student Andrew Coffey’s death in 2017. Andrew's Law went into effect on Tuesday.

The new law makes fraternity and sorority leaders who plan a hazing event, but do not personally attend the event, criminally liable when someone is seriously hurt or killed.

It also provides that the first person who calls 911 to summon help for a hazing victim and anyone administering aid to the victim while waiting for help to arrive will not be prosecuted.

Also, if a student renders assistance to a victim while waiting for EMS to arrive, that person will not be criminally prosecuted.

The chapter was listed as on "restricted status" on FSU’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life’s Organizational Scorecard as of Tuesday.