The Clemson chapter of the Kappa Alpha fraternity has been suspended by national leadership after allegations of a hazing incident spread on social media Monday.
“Kappa Alpha Order expressly prohibits hazing,” said Brent Buswell, director of communications for the national organization. “The chapter leadership requested a temporary suspension pending an investigation into an inquiry received at our national administrative office. Any violations, if substantiated, will be addressed, and members will be held accountable.”
The allegations have yet to be confirmed in an official capacity, though rumors of the incident spread both on campus and on the social media app YikYak. There is no confirmation from the fraternity or the university saying that the incident occurred.
The university said in a statement to The Tiger that they are investigating the alleged incident involving the fraternity and will publicize all violations of the Code of Conduct after investigation.
"Any allegation of misbehavior by students is taken seriously, and alleged incidents are investigated by the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES)," wrote Philip Sikes, spokesperson for Clemson. "When violations of the Student Code of Conduct are found to have occurred, sanctions appropriately reflect the degree of those violations."
This is a developing story. The Tiger will update this article with additional information as it becomes available.
An earlier version of this article included a paragraph about the loss of a late Kappa Alpha brother, unrelated to this incident. The Tiger sincerely regrets this error and has since removed the paragraph.