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UT Martin Fraternity Punished for Alleged Hazing

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

MARTIN, Tenn. - The UT Martin fraternity suspended for an alleged hazing incident earlier this month will no longer be recognized by the school.

"The university has notified the chapter the intent to revoke the registration of the organization," Director of University Relations Bud Grimes said. "In other words, they will not be in operation."

The Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity was originally suspended after an alleged hazing incident on November 7. School officials said new recruits were dropped of in a remote area in Weakley County, miles away from the school, and told to find their way home.

"It was a pledging activity," Grimes said. "The outcome of it was that one of the person's in that group was struck by a truck as they walked along the roadway."

The decision means ATO will no longer be a registered student organization, so they cannot participate in any university functions. They can reapply for registration in 18 months. If they are allowed to return, a year of probation would follow. We reached out to both local and national representatives, none of which would comment.

School officials said that student organizations and fraternities like ATO do a lot of good on campus, but that does not excuse these actions. Now, they are hoping that this incident can serve as a lesson for others.

"Hopefully, other Greek groups will see this and know that this kind of behavior has no good outcome," Grimes said.

The fraternity has five business days to appeal the decision.