Indiana University suspends fraternity over suspected sexual hazing

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Posted: Oct 08, 2015 10:05 AM

(Reuters) - A fraternity at Indiana University has been suspended due to a hazing incident apparently caught on video where new male chapter members were encouraged to perform sex acts on women in front of other fraternity members, the school said on Thursday.

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity has been ordered to cease and desist all activities as the university investigates the case, the school said. There appears to be credible video evidence of the incident, it said.

"Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) is alleged to have violated the student code of conduct - specifically for hazing activities which perpetuate sexual misconduct," the school said in a letter to the fraternity.

The fraternity's national headquarters said it had no immediate comment on the incident but would release a statement soon. It has 250 active and inactive chapters with more than 200,000 members, including more than 6,500 undergraduate members, it said on its website.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Susan Heavey)