September 27, 2022
Almost 50 members of a University of New Hampshire fraternity face warrants for their arrests amid an investigation of alleged hazing.

Almost 50 members of a University of New Hampshire fraternity face warrants for their arrests amid an investigation of alleged hazing.

The Durham Police Department issued the arrest warrants charging the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and 46 of its members for hazing on Tuesday. The university said it contacted DPD on April 18 regarding a possible hazing event at the fraternity, and a subsequent police investigation found probable cause that hazing occurred at an April 13 event involving new members, according to a DPD press release Friday.

Authorities have not released any details on the nature of the hazing or what prompted the allegations.

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“We were made aware of the incident by the fraternity’s national headquarters and immediately notified the Durham Police Department,” a statement from UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz read. “We have cooperated with police throughout the investigation, and the fraternity was interim suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation. We take any allegation of hazing very seriously, and now that the police investigation is complete, we will be initiating a formal conduct process.”

Only 10 members of the fraternity had been arrested as of Friday. They have since been released and are due in court on July 13, according to WMUR9.

The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization began its own inquiry on the purported incident after becoming aware of the situation, but it paused its investigation after local authorities got involved. The organization said it was fully cooperating with police and also issued a cease-and-desist to the chapter, a statement from the group read.

“Sigma Alpha Epsilon denounces all acts of hazing and misconduct that do not represent the Fraternity’s values defined by our creed, The True Gentleman,” the statement read.

Student hazing is defined by the DPD as a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine costing up to $1,200 per person or a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $20,000 per organization.

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The University of New Hampshire did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.

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