National Frat suspends USM chapter's charter

The national Kappa Sigma Fraternity has suspended its Southern Miss chapter following an alleged hazing incident 9 days ago that sent two female students to the hospital.  The Supreme Executive Committee of Kappa Sigma Fraternity voted Saturday to suspend the charter of U.S.M.'s Epsilon Nu chapter.

That action comes after university officials Friday revoked the fraternity's charter and closed the campus fraternity house.  U.S.M. officials say at least one dozen co-eds may have been victims of the hazing incident, which took place during a "little sister" initiation party at the Kappa Sigma house on August 28th.

One female student remains in the intensive care unit at a local hospital with alcohol poisoning.

In a statement from the fraternity's national headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday, Kappa Sigma officials said, "The activities alleged to have occurred last Thursday represent violations of Kappa Sigma's code of conduct, including the fraternity's policy prohibiting hazing and alcohol use at social events.  In addition, Kappa Sigma's code of conduct expressly prohibits 'little sister' programs."