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Dartmouth Fraternity Accused Of Branding Appeals Campus Judiciary Decision

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The Alpha Delta house at Dartmouth College

A Dartmouth College fraternity that partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House" and was recently accused of branding new members is appealing a campus judiciary committee's decision to withdraw its recognition as a student organization.

George Ostler, an attorney for Alpha Delta, said Wednesday that the fraternity disagrees with the committee, which found it responsible for causing harm to members and not following terms of its suspension for alcohol violations. He says the proposed punishment is disproportionate and that the fraternity will appeal the findings and the sanction.

Alpha Delta has a significant record of disciplinary violations, including hazing, serving alcohol to minors and hosting unregistered parties. The recent allegations involve incidents that happened last fall, when the fraternity was under suspension for previous policy violations.

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