A fraternity at the University of Arizona has been booted off campus for at least four years for allegedly hazing pledges by forcing them to assemble puzzles while boozed-up and blindfolded — and witnesses were warned that “rats” would be killed.
Pledges of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at the university in Tucson were blindfolded by frat brothers during a “puzzle night” in March designed to bond prospective members by having them work together in groups of three.
The lined-up pledges were then led down a hallway to a dark room while one student was violently shoved into a pillar, causing serious injury, according to a letter to the fraternity from the school’s dean of students.
“A witness was allegedly told by members of the fraternity the night of the assault, that ‘we kill rats,’ and stated that new members were forced to consume alcohol and placed in a room where music was blaring,” the letter reads.
The pledges had been playing a game that required them to drink alcohol during a game called “Don’t F— Your Brother” during the March 23 event that violated the university’s code of conduct and led to the arrest of a 19-year-old student identified by the Arizona Republic as 19-year-old Cody Ward.