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Virginia Tech student sues university after hazing suspension

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 11:55:52-05

ROANOKE, Va. -- A former Virginia Tech student is suing the university after he was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school's hazing policy.

Darrien Brown alleges the university denied him due process when administrators suspended him for two semesters for allegedly participating in a Corps of Cadets blood-pinning ceremony in October.

During the ceremony, the sharp ends of military pins are pushed into the chest.

Brown's lawsuit describes the ceremony as "a Corps tradition.” Brown brought the lawsuit last week in federal court.

Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said the school stands by its policies and protocols.