University of Georgia police have issued arrest warrants to members of a UGA fraternity Thursday for an incident involving hazing and will release the names of those involved Friday.
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Student Affairs provided him with information about the activity during the initiation process of UGA’s Zeta Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
“The pledges were physically struck and from interviews with other people we determined hazing had occurred,” Williamson said.
Williamson said 11 members were identified and charged in the incident, which took place at a member’s house.
Kourtland Jones, president of the Zeta Iota chapter of the fraternity, declined to comment to The Red & Black.
Police are treating this activity, which occurred on Jan. 27, as a single event, though police said more than one victim who was hazed.
Williamson said the number of how many were injured is not being released at this time.
Police said none of the injuries required medical treatment.
Hazing is considered a misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature punishable with a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and a $5,000 fine under the state of Georgia.
UGA has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council said on its website that hazing is against state, federal and local law, including any situation that causes another person pain.
The annual NPHC Greek Step Show FaceOff, which took place Feb. 1 did not include a performance from the Kappas, though all other NPHC fraternities and sororities were present.
"Due to unforeseen circumstances, ZI will not be performing in Faceoff this evening," tweeted the fraternity. "We will not provide any further comments on this matter."
The individuals, who were issued warrants, were given the opportunity to turn themselves in Thursday.