Frat accused of branding

HANOVER, N.H. (NECN) A legal representative for a Dartmouth College fraternity accused of physically branding the skin of new members denies students engaged in criminal wrongdoing.

The attorney compared the act of branding by Alpha Delta fraternity members to voluntarily getting a tattoo.

Dartmouth said Alpha Delta was already on suspension for violating alcohol rules before the new reports of physical branding surfaced from the fall of 2014. A college spokesman said the Ivy League school has extended and strengthened that suspension due to the branding allegations.

The fraternity house was one of the inspirations for the rowdy scenes in the 1978 Jim Belushi movie “Animal House.”
More recently, it has had a history of hazing, underage drinking violations, and hosting unregistered parties, the college said.

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