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ATU student possibly hazed, remains hospitalized

Posted: April 24, 2012 - 4:40pm

RUSSELLVILLE (AP) — An Arkansas Tech student was hospitalized after being injured in an alleged hazing incident.

The university issued a statement Tuesday saying the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity chapter has been suspended while officials at the Russellville campus and Arkansas State Police investigate how the student was hurt.

The news release says campus officials became aware Saturday the male student was injured and needed treatment. The student remains hospitalized in Little Rock.

The Courier reports that Prosecutor David Gibbons said the investigation could lead to felony battery charges, though hazing itself is a misdemeanor.

The school’s handbook prohibits hazing and says punishments range from a warning to expulsion.

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