published Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

UT Martin fraternity suspended during investigation of hazing allegation

MARTIN, Tenn. — A fraternity at the University of Tennessee at Martin campus has been suspended while officials investigate a hazing allegation.

WPSD-TV reports the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity is on interim suspension by both the university and the national chapter.

UT Martin Director of University Relations Bud Grimes says the move stems from an incident last week when a fraternity pledge member was hit by a car.

"A student was brought in to the local hospital who had been injured in a vehicle accident, as things turned out and looking into this further, it results from an alleged hazing incident," Grimes said.

He said hazing is prohibited at UT Martin.

"Hazing is putting any student in a situation that is potentially harmful or degrading," he said.

National Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Tau Omega Wynn Smiley said the incident is under investigation.

"Our investigation and the university's investigation, it's hard to determine how long it will last. It will last as long as it needs to," Smiley said.

The fraternity must cease all functions until the investigation is over.

No student names were released.

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