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Friday, February 5, 2010 - 9:09am

Mercer Suspends Fraternity Chapter

Updated: 7 years ago.

Mercer University officials have suspended the campus chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity over the treatment of pledges.

The fraternity has been banned for three academic years and is barred from meeting or participating in school events.

University officials investigated after hearing allegations involving sleep deprivation and paddling. The Telegraph reports that university police chief Gary Collins also says the chapter also told the pledges what to eat, trying to restrict them to healthy foods.

Mercer students reported the hazing concerns a week after sophomore Ronald Quashie, an APA pledge, was found dead in his dorm
room in mid-November.

Mercer officials say there's no evidence that the death was related to hazing.