Hazing News

Going rogue: A long-banned Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi–Spectrum report

BROCKPORT, N.Y. — College at Brockport campus police say they’ve detained more than a dozen people for questioning in an ongoing investigation into possible hazing and drug activity.

A search warrant was executed late Wednesday night at a home on Monroe Avenue, near the college’s campus.

Taken out of the home were paddles, framed photos, tables and other items in bags.

College officials says those detained are part of an unrecognized fraternity that calls itself “The Delts.”

Officials say the Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi national fraternity was revoked by the National Fraternity’s Grand Council and shut down by Brockport college in 2001.

It’s not clear exactly what the hazing accusations are at this point, but university police say this investigation has been going on for months.

“For the students’ safety here tonight, with everything going on in the world right now with hazing, we take it very seriously here at the college,” said Daniel Vasile, Chief of University Police at Brockport. “There could be not only charges, but student code of conduct violations as well here with the college.”

No arrests have been announced at this point.

The college at Brockport released a statement saying in part, “We regularly educate and warn students and their parents of the dangers associated with such unrecognized groups and will continue to do so. We have zero tolerance for this group’s behavior.”

Check back with Spectrum News as we will continue to update this developing story throughout the day.

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. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

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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