UNR fraternity regains official recognition

RENO — A University of Nevada, Reno fraternity has regained official recognition five years after it was found guilty of hazing.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that the UNR chapter of Alpha Tau Omega regained the recognition from its national organization and the university.

The chapter was suspended in 2008 after it was accused of hazing pledges by branding their buttocks with dry ice and making them eat raw poultry.

University officials say the hazing came to light after as many as 11 pledges sought treatment at the student health center after eating uncooked chicken or turkey.

Fraternity members also were accused of using dry ice to etch the Greek letter omega, resembling an upside down U, on pledges’ buttocks.

The fraternity chapter was founded at UNR in 1921.

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