Hazing News

A whole roster of SUNY students facing misdemeanor counts

Here is the story and here is an excerpt. Moderator: SUNY Plattsburgh has been especially proactive against hazing following the water torture death of Walter Dean Jennings.


21 SUNY Plattsburgh students face criminal misdemeanor charges for alleged hazing at the Pi Alpha Nu fraternity.

According to a press release from the school, the charges stem from incidents off campus in February and September of this year. University Police believe the fraternity members engaged in demeaning behavior, alcohol use and paddling.

In addition to the 21 students already charged in Plattsburgh City Court, six former students are also expected to face criminal charges.

University Police first heard about the alleged hazing on September 29th, the college says, and it suspended Pi Alpha Nu the same day.

“We will not tolerate hazing in any form,” said SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling in a campus letter. “It is important for this case to be pursued to emphasize how seriously we take any hazing.”

“If you see or experience behavior that is personally damaging or hurtful to you or your fellow member of the campus community, bring this to the attention of University Police or an appropriate authority figure,” he said.

Pi Alpha Nu members couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Campus police, Plattsburgh City Police, and the Clinton County District Attorney’s office worked together on the case. The college says the students’ initial court appearances will occur throughout November and in the meantime, it’s reviewing their enrollment status and the fraternity’s future.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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