ELON — An Elon University fraternity has lost both its national charter and an appeal of its suspension from campus.

Sigma Pi Fraternity said Tuesday that it has revoked the charter of its Epsilon-Theta Chapter at Elon. The university last week suspended the fraternity for three years.

"Sigma Pi Fraternity has resolved to hold its chapters accountable for compliance with all Grand Chapter and University policies, [Fraternal Information and Programming Group] guidelines, new member education policies, minimum standards on chapter membership, and adherence to the governing laws of the Fraternity," the national fraternity said in a statement on its website.

The Elon Pendulum, the school's student newspaper, reported that Elon administrators learned of hazing violations in early October. A university police investigation found that three male students — all new members of the fraternity — suffered minor injuries after they were forced to lie down on bottle caps.

Elon suspended fraternity activities Oct. 15, then suspended the fraternity for three years after an honor board hearing in late October.

An Elon dean upheld the suspension Monday, the Pendulum reported. The national fraternity said the Elon chapter had been investigated for hazing in previous semesters.

The fraternity may return to campus in fall 2017.

Elon's Sigma Pi chapter has 47 members. Twelve fraternity members who live in on-campus fraternity housing may stay there until the end of the fall semester.

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