Charges related to hazing filed against members of SUNY Plattsburgh fraternity

Plattsburgh, N.Y. - SUNY Plattsburgh University Police says 21 fraternity students could face charges after alleged hazing incidents. Authorities say six former students could also face similar charges.

Police say the incidents occurred off campus from February through September with members of the Pi Alpha Nu fraternity. Authorities say the incidents included demeaning behavior, alcohol use and paddling.

According to police, the students face charges ranging from hazing, criminal nuisance, unlawfully dealing with a child and furnishing alcohol to minors.

University officials say Pi Alpha Nu fraternity remains under a cease and desist activities order.

The students are scheduled to appear in court in November.

SUNY Plattsburgh sent the following note to the campus about the incident.

Campus Community,

I am writing to update you on the investigation of Pi Alpha Nu fraternity undertaken in late September. 

Earlier today, the college issued a media release detailing misdemeanor charges that have been filed in Plattsburgh City Court against 21 current SUNY Plattsburgh students and an additional six former students. The media release is copied below my note for your review.

In addition to criminal charges, a separate campus judicial process is underway to determine both the future of the fraternity and the enrollment status of its member students. 

I am grateful for the work of University Police and Student Affairs. When presented with a student concern, they immediately took action the same day to initiate an investigation and suspend the organization from further activities.

We will not tolerate hazing in any form and University Police is working closely with the Clinton County District Attorney's Office to prosecute this matter criminally. It is important for this case to be pursued to emphasize how seriously we take any hazing. More on our collective approach is online here.

We will continue to raise awareness and create a culture where these types of behaviors are not present. Activities include National Hazing Prevention Week held the last week of each September to educate the entire campus about the crime of hazing and how it destroys organizational trust and teamwork. It is coordinated by the Interfraternity Council and Inter-Sorority Association Hazing Prevention Committee.

In raising the public profile of hazing, it is important to restate this: If you see something, say something. It is not enough to avoid problems directly. 

If you see or experience behavior that is personally damaging or hurtful to you or a fellow member of the campus community, bring this to the attention of University Police or an appropriate authority figure. We cannot act if we do not know. It is easy to report this anonymously through several channels, including the Hazing Hotline (518) 564-5555, or 5555 on campus. Please use it.

John Ettling

President


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