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7 UAlbany Students Arrested On Hazing Charges

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Seven University at Albany students have been arrested on hazing charges.

The incident reportedly took place in the basement of a house along the 400 block of Hamilton Street Thursday morning. Seven women stand accused of hazing four others. A UAlbany spokesman says an underground sorority is involved. When NewsChannel 13 tried to speak with the defendants, they all scattered.

Responding to a request for comment, UAlbany said it has a zero tolerance policy on hazing but can’t discuss individual students due to federal privacy laws.

Statement:    The University at Albany has a zero tolerance policy on hazing. While we cannot discuss individual students due to federal privacy laws, any student involved in hazing is violating rules of the University's Student Code of Conduct. If the University is made aware of allegations of hazing, it will initiate an investigation and if it is determined violations of the conduct policies have taken place, the University will work quickly to implement the appropriate administrative disciplinary measures.

The Assistant Director of Public Relations for Alpha Omicron Pi International Fraternity says that the sorority identified in early reports, Alpha Omicron Pi, does not have a recognized chapter at the University of Albany and has not had one since Nov 2014.

That  sorority is neither recognized nor sanctioned by the University at Albany.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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