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Police conclude Brockport Delts belong in a barn, not in a college

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Moderator comment: The State University of New York system has been troubled by deaths of pledges at these rogue chapters–including Geneseo, Plattsburgh, Albany.

Police at the College at Brockport are investigating hazing allegations linked to an unrecognized off-campus fraternity.

College officials said University Police on Wednesday detained a handful of students  after executing a search warrant about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at 104 Monroe Ave., a residence that borders the college campus.

The months-long investigation has focused on allegations of hazing, assault and drug use and sales, said Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti. The two police departments are leading the joint investigation, he said.

Brockport police Lt. Mark Cuzzupoli said officers were previously called to 104 Monroe about six times this year for noise violations and fights.

“We found some things in the house that we were looking for. I can’t really elaborate on what they are,” due to the ongoing investigation, Chief Daniel Vasile, of Brockport University Police. said.

“There are a lot of kids that go here and we’re trying to keep everybody safe,” Cuzzupoli  added. “We’re trying to be proactive here, with what we’re doing.”

“This house made Animal House look good,” Varrenti said Thursday. “I wouldn’t let my dog walk through this house.”

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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