PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Twenty-one counts of criminal misdemeanor charges have been filed against students and former students in the Pi Alpha Nu Fraternity of SUNY Plattsburgh.
Authorities say that pledges were made to drink alcohol, eat food off the floor, and forced to be vomited and urinated on. They were also subjected to demeaning and abusive behavior that included being hit on the buttocks with a paddle.
A report was first filed in February and a second this past September to the university police. The Phi Alpha Nu fraternity is suspended and it could stay that way indefinitely. The college says the institution has no tolerance for this behavior.
"County District Attorney office to prosecute the matter criminally and it emphasized we have no tolerance for hazing," said Ken Knelly, the college's director of communications.
"I think the school is coming down a little too hard on them. I think it's safe to assume every fraternity or sorority haze or do some kind of not that fun pledge process. My guess is some kid was not up for it and decided to shut them all down," said Ethan Campana, a SUNY Plattsburgh student.
The students will all head to court in November.