UNF investigates 'branding' of fraternity pledge
Police found no criminal activity, but could be violation of student conduct
The University of North Florida says there will be no criminal charges resulting from the branding of a fraternity member last month, but there could be sanctions as a result of violations of student conduct.
According to UNF police, they were notified anonymously on Dec. 9 of what was described as a hazing incident involving the Sigma Chi fraternity earlier in the fall. According to the report, a 19-year-old pledge of the Kappa Beta chapter was a Sigma Chi's off-campus residence when the pledge asked the member to brand him on the behind "because he though it would be cool."
The member heated up a coat hanger with a blowtorch and applied it to the pledge's backside.
After talking to several of the people involved, including the victim, the investigating officer wrote that while it was a reckless and intentional act, it was done with the consent of the victim and there was no serious bodily harm/ Therefore, the officer determined it was not a criminal act.
On Wednesday, UNF spokeswoman Sharon Ashton issued a statement saying:
"The student issue was then sent to UNF Student Conduct, which reviewed the student issue during a hearing this week. Student sanctions, which are protected under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), will be forthcoming."
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