Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has been indicted and charged with hazing after being accused of abusing University of Houston pledges during a three-day ritual last year that left one with a lacerated spleen.
A Harris County grand jury indicted the fraternity Thursday on a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
“Brotherhood and collegiate good times should be safe and hazing is not,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a written statement. “It is also illegal and that should be recognized by the dozens of fraternities and sororities on college campuses all over the Houston area.”
UH in October suspended the Tennessee-based Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Inc. until 2023.
The indictment says one pledge was forced to roll in vomit, spit and feces and had to go without food, drink and sleep during the three-day ritual. He was tackled in the dark by fraternity members and later was hospitalized.
UH police investigated the incidents, which occurred off campus, according to the university.
“We are grateful that our county partners have delivered a stern message through the grand jury’s decision against the fraternity, that such behavior, which jeopardizes the well being of our students, will not be tolerated,” UH said in a statement.
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