UT fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha closed

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A University of Tennessee Spokesperson confirms to Local 8 News the UT chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha has been closed by their national headquarters.

Local 8 News reached out to the national headquarters. The Fraternity Director of Communications responded with the following statement and information:

The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Board of Directors voted to suspend operations of the Epsilon-Omicron chapter at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The decision is effective as of February 22, 2016.

Under the terms of the suspension, chapter members may not represent Lambda Chi Alpha, display any of the Fraternity’s emblems or symbols, or gather in the name of Lambda Chi Alpha. Those members living in the chapter house will have until March 6, 2016 to find new housing.

“The Board of Directors took this action in response to multiple operational and new member incidents over a three year period that violated the oaths and laws of our fraternity,” said Nick Zuniga, director of Chapter Services, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. “Lambda Chi Alpha has a zero tolerance policy in regard to hazing and this closure imposes the appropriate penalty given the circumstances.”

About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Headquartered in Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind., Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men's general fraternities in North America with more than 280,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault and other challenges facing today's college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development and lifelong friendships.