Police say nearly a dozen University of Georgia fraternity members face hazing charges after students were beaten with fists during the pledging process. Kappa Alpha Psi’s Zeta Iota chapter is currently under suspension while an investigation is handled by UGA’s Office of Student Conduct.
On Thursday, UGA police issued arrest warrants for 11 members of the fraternity. Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said although some of the students were beaten, none required medical treatment.
The alleged beatings happened Jan. 27 at the home of a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, which doesn’t have a fraternity house in Athens.
The investigation was prompted after police received information from the school’s student affairs office about possible injuries during a pledge event. The fraternity members were each charged with hazing, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Victor Wilson, vice president of student affairs, said he was “disappointed and saddened” by the allegations.
“This kind of behavior is not tolerated by the UGA community,” he said. “There is no acceptable excuse for purposefully putting students or any member of the university community in a potentially dangerous or harmful situation.”