SUNY Canton Prez 'Disgusted,' Frat Suspended

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A SUNY Canton fraternity and its members are on "interim suspension" after an "alleged hazing incident," college officials announced Wednesday night.

Zeta Alpha Phi (ZAP) fraternity "will be undergoing a full review and investigation by the college," according to Wednesday night's statement.

7 News reporter John Friot said Thursday morning he was told five or six students were involved.

Members involved will be facing a judicial board hearing to determine whether they will be allowed to remain students.

"I am disgusted and appalled by the alleged actions of some of the members of Zeta Alpha Phi," said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. "Their actions certainly do not reflect the overall conduct of our students or the rest of the College's Greek community."

The incident of hazing - which is not detailed in the college's statement - reportedly occurred last week off-campus at a "non-sanctioned residence," according to the SUNY Canton statement.

University police are interviewing fraternity members, in conjunction with the Canton village police department.

"We strictly enforce a zero tolerance policy for acts of physical violence, including hazing and bullying, in any form," Courtney Bish, the school's dean of students, said.

"The allegations we are hearing are not, nor will ever be, considered acceptable behavior for any organization affiliated with SUNY Canton. We will be working with University Police and local law enforcement agencies to fully investigate the allegations."

Bish said that no students involved with the college's other fraternities or sororities have been reported for hazing.

 

Monday, September 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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