BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech’s first Black Greek organization has been banned from campus for 10 years after a pledge says he was blindfolded and beaten over several days earlier this year.

Citing a letter sent from the university to the national Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, The Roanoke Times ( reports that the school’s Theta Iota chapter was barred for abusive conduct and hazing.

In an executive order from the fraternity recommending that the chapter disband, national fraternity investigators say that pledges were blindfolded and attacked for several nights in a row in January while being quizzed about fraternity history.

One of the six pledges told the national fraternity he was hospitalized and withdrew from school. The five other pledges backed the man’s statement.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,