ASU suspends fraternity over hazing claims

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State University is disciplining a fraternity for a hazing incident that occurred last semester during rush.

Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity president Adam Newman says the fraternity has been suspended from participating in campus events for one year.

Newman denied the hazing incident and says the fraternity is appealing the decision.

University officials say the suspension comes after allegations surfaced in recent weeks that fraternity members struck freshmen in the buttocks during rush, when new members are recruited.

The university prohibits hazing, and a spokeswoman says ASU takes hazing allegations very seriously.

Newman says he believes ASU unfairly targets members of the Greek community, especially his fraternity.