UGA Fraternity Charged With Hazing

07 February 2014

ATHENS - Nearly a dozen UGA fraternity members are charged with hazing for an incident occurring earlier this year.

University police obtained arrest warrants on Thursday charging eleven members of UGA’s Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi with hazing.

Pledges were allegedly struck with fists as part of their initiation on January 27th, says UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson.

Williamson said there was more than one hazing victim, but each fraternity member was charged with a single count of hazing because police considered the activity to be a single event.

Under Georgia Law, hazing is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, punishable by a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

UGA has a zero-tolerance policy concerning hazing, but fraternities are disciplined from time to time.

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