POLICE ARREST 7 UALBANY STUDENTS IN HAZING INCIDENT
Seven University at Albany students were arrested on charges of hazing early Thursday after being caught by police in the middle of an apparent initiation ceremony.
At around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, police responding to a noise complaint at 468 Hamilton St. and found that four students had been blindfolded, forced to eat dirt and mud, while having rotten eggs, milk, and an unknown substance that smelled like urine poured on them.
One of the victims required medical attention and was immediately taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment.
Police described the girl as having an allergic reaction that caused her to suffer from a shortness of breath, a burning chest, and swollen eyes. She was released after receiving treatment.
Although court documents identify the sorority as Alpha Omicron Pi, a national representative for the Greek organization told the media that their Albany chapter had been shut down two years ago.
“Certainly is something we’ve seen before, usually involving unsanctioned fraternities or sororities,” Albany police’s spokesperson Steve Smith told WNYT in a statement.
Just last year, seven UAlbany students were arrested in connection with a hazing-related death that occurred in an off-campus “underground” fraternity.
UAlbany’s website lists nine groups including Alpha Omicron Pi as “underground” organizations not officially recognized by the university. According to the UAlbany website, affiliation with any of the listed groups is a violation of the student conduct code.
Albany police arrested Katrina Bergvoy, 19; Heaven Guanco, 19; Monica Vitagliano, 19; Tereyza Martian, 20; Chinazo Ezekwem, 21; Nicole Johnson, 21; and Jessica Raynor, 21.
All seven were charged with one count of first-degree hazing and one count of second-degree hazing, both misdemeanor charges. They were arraigned in Albany Criminal Court early Thursday morning and were released without bail.
The ASP will update this story as more information becomes available.