The Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity at Florida State University is being criminally investigated after a 20-year-old student was hospitalized in April with a skull fracture and brain bleeding.
According to the Tallahassee Police Department, the incident happened on the evening of April 9 at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity on Heritage Grove Circle. The report, which was heavily redacted, says that a university officer responded to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on April 13 for the 20-year-old student who had been admitted for a skull fracture and two brain bleeds a few days prior.
In January, Alpha Epsilon Pi was removed from campus and was prohibited from being recognized after being found responsible for two hazing violations and two alcohol and vandalism violations last year.
A police report describes the incident as an aggravated battery resulting in great harm or disability. For the type of weapon used in the crime, the report lists “Hands/Fists/Feet”. The victim named in the report, a 20-year-old male FSU student, was hospitalized with a skull fracture and two brain bleeds.
A spokesperson for FSU confirmed that Alpha Epsilon Pi has been temporarily suspended “in response to an allegation of hazing” that is currently under police investigation. The university declined to comment further on the matter, citing an open investigation. TPD did confirm that the incident is under investigation and the State Attorney’s Office and the FSU Police Department are also investigating.
State Attorney Jack Campbell says he has been aware of the situation since the day of the incident and has been consulting with both FSU Police and TPD. Campbell says he has not yet made any decisions on whether charges will be filed, or what those charges may be.
“We recognize that everyone would like to have this decided or resolved quickly, but I am not going to rush it,” Campbell said.
This is the latest major fraternity or sorority investigation, suspension or closure in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who was shut down for hazing and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State, West Virginia University, and Penn State University have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.