An Ohio fraternity was banned from campus for 15 years following an investigation into a "brutal and deplorable" hazing incident.
Miami University issued the longest suspension in its 110-year history against Delta Tau Delta, which had been suspended since the spring after a pledge complained that he had been physically harmed during a mandatory fraternity event, reported WLWT-TV.
The university described the March 16 incident as "the worst kind of hazing possible," and prosecutors are considering whether to file criminal charges in the case.
The pledge told investigators he was blindfolded with 24 other pledges and led into a "war room" at the Gamma Upsilon chapter's house in Oxford.
He was thrown on the ground, slapped in the face and doused with liquor, then forced to do pushups while fraternity members kicked him.
Seven men took turns striking him with a spiked paddle, and one of them struck him after his pants were pulled down because "it's tradition," investigators said.
The pledge asked to leave but wasn't allowed, and then he was forced to drink a six-pack of Smirnoff Ice and a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey as part a "chug until you puke" game -- and the victim said he vomited multiple times and ordered to continue drinking.
A fraternity member later offered him some marijuana to numb his pain, and the victim asked to go back to his dorm room.
Another fraternity member accompanied him back to his room and told the victim's girlfriend he was fine but needed some sleep.
The pledge then asked for medical assistance: "Call 911. I feel like I'm going to die."
He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where his blood alcohol content registered .231 -- nearly three times the legal limit for driving.
Investigators found fraternity members had warned pledges about the event before they arrived, and the victim was contacted by other members after his hospitalization and told to keep quiet.
"Please do not say anything that would threaten the future of the fraternity," read one text message. "It's the point of it to turn boys into men," read another. "It f*cking sucks but it pays off in the end and you don't appreciate it until you're a little older because I hated it but now I have respect for it."
The chapter's charter was withdrawn in May by the Delta Tau Delta due to multiple violations, and the fraternity's CEO said that hazing was not acceptable.