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UCA fraternity member arrested for hazing; chapter placed on "cease and desist"

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CONWAY (KATV) - A University of Central Arkansas fraternity is in hot water after one of their members was arrested for hazing.  University administration has placed the Iota Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi on cease and desist – meaning chapter activities have been suspended pending investigation.

UCA Police arrested Isaiah Ozuna, 22 of Conway, on Wednesday after Conway Police were called to a residence on Krystal Kreek Drive for reports of a noise complaint on Tuesday.  It was at the residence UCAPD responded to where the alleged hazing occurred.

"The university takes a firm stance, takes a firm stance against hazing," said Fredricka Sharkey, associate director of media relations for UCA.

The university's no tolerance policy is the reason the UCA Kappa Alpha Psi chapter was placed on cease and desist.  UCA's strict anti-hazing policy is followed up by "Don't Haze Me Bro" classes and a non-hazing form signed off by any UCA Greek life member.  But the investigation continues into the incident and Sharkey said more sanctions against the fraternity are possible.

According to the UCA police report, four victims came forward with formal complaints, but one was listed as receiving a "major injury".  The Faulkner County prosecuting attorney's form affidavit lists the injuries were the result of being paddled on the buttocks repeatedly, assuming a "plank position" while being slapped in the face and being pelted with raw eggs while kneeling on uncooked rice.

In addition to criminal charges, Ozuna could also face expulsion from UCA because of his violation of the state's hazing statute.

"The university does have the option of expelling students for any number of reasons," said Sharkey.

Tuesday night's hazing event in Conway isn't the first time Kappa Alpha Psi has made headlines in Arkansas.  Less than two years ago, the Pi-Upsilon chapter at Arkansas Tech University came under fire for hazing as well – hazing that landed a student in intensive care at UAMS for nearly a month.  The Arkansas Tech chapter was eventually banned from campus.

KATV reached out to Kappa Alpha Psi's general counsel on Thursday for comment, but phone calls went unreturned before press time. 

Faulker County Prosecuting Attorney, Cody Hiland, said the criminal investigation into the case is still ongoing as well and mentioned more criminal charges against other fraternity members are possible.