UA fraternity disbanded over hazing violations

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A leading fraternity at the University of Alabama has been disbanded for repeated rules violations, including hazing new members.

The national board of Sigma Phi Epsilon revoked the charter of its Alabama chapter late last month.

A university spokeswoman, Deborah Lane, said there were violations of student conduct standards and rules against mistreating new members, a practice commonly referred to as hazing. Officials aren't releasing details of what happened.

An attorney for the chapter, Ralph Clements III of Tuscaloosa, said alumni anticipate the chapter will return to campus at some point.

Sigma Phi Epsilon is a large, prominent fraternity at Alabama, where it's had a chapter since 1927. It had 83 members last spring.

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