An anonymous student recently told authorities that on the week of Dec. 10, 2009, during his fraternity pledging, he and presumably his peers were subjected to hazing.
The fraternity in question is Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., according to Assistant Dean of Students Pamela Anthony. At press time, the Kappa’s room was closed, and the organization is currently on an interim suspension while police investigate the charges.
While the investigation is ongoing, details of the case are considered classified by the Georgia State University Police Investigations. According to the public report by the department, the student is alleging that he was slapped on his face, back and neck.
Hazing is against state law and is defined by Georgia State University’s Code of Conduct as “any intentional, negligent or reckless action, activity or situation that endangers or is likely to endanger the physical health of an individual or causes an individual pain.”
A long list of examples is given, which prohibits typical hazing activity with the exception of covering someone in something that feathers would stick to.
If the Investigations department finds enough evidence that hazing occurred, the Dean of Students may choose to initiate charges, in which case Georgia State University will be the complainant in all following judicial proceedings.
Consent by the individual does not stand up as a defense in hazing cases and the defendants would potentially face a sentence of four or five years in prison in addition to expulsion.
Co-written with James Pope.