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Students suspended in alleged hazing

October 15, 2009 3:48:39 PM PDT
Eleven sorority sisters from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut have been suspended for allegedly hazing. A student from the Bronx claims she was forced to endure extreme exercises while rushing the sorority. But the student is also upset with the university for the way she claims they handled her complaint.

Nearly two weeks after the incident, Jasmine Vega is still traumatized. The Sacred Heart junior says she was the victim of hazing by members of Delta Phi Kappa sorority during her pledge period.

Vega says she was kidnapped from her dorm October 3 and driven to a house more than a mile away. She says she was forced to do military type drills and endure verbal abuse for over an hour in a pitch-dark basement. Her parents are appalled by the alleged incident, and by ongoing harrassment from the girls involved.

Sacred Heart says it is investigating and has suspended 11 students from all campus activity other than attending classes. But Vega, a criminal justice major, has moved out of her dorm, which is two miles from campus, because she says she doesn't feel safe.

For now, Vega's parents are driving her an hour each way every day to campus. They say if her daughter's safety can't be ensured, they will have her transfer.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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