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Unrecognized fraternity under hazing investigation

by Lou Venditti - News Editor
Thu, Nov 30th 2017 09:00 pm
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At least 18 people, mostly College at Brockport students, were handcuffed at 140 Monroe Ave and detained in Hartwell Hall on campus. The `Delts`, an unrecognized fraternity at the college, are under investigation for hazing allegations.
Tori Martinez/MANAGING EDITOR At least 18 people, mostly College at Brockport students, were handcuffed at 140 Monroe Ave and detained in Hartwell Hall on campus. The "Delts", an unrecognized fraternity at the college, are under investigation for hazing allegations.
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The College at Brockport University Police and the Village of Brockport Police Department detained multiple people following the execution of a search warrant on Wednesday, November 29. UP said they have detained more than a dozen people for questioning related to drug activity and hazing reports.

 

The house, located at 104 Monroe Ave, right across the street from Hartwell Hall on the college campus, was home to a group called the “Delts.” The Stylus has previously reported on the Delts, who received a cease and desist letter from the Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity and were subject of conduct investigations from the college earlier in November.

 

“This was a joint operation from the beginning,” University Police Chief Daniel Vasile said at a press conference Thursday afternoon, held at the college. “We’ve been working on this for months. We finally concluded that we had enough and needed to act.”

 

The raid was the product of a month’s long investigation between UP and BPD. The two departments were looking into hazing, along with drug use and sales. The two departments are still investigating. Vasile added that they did find what they were looking for, but they couldn’t comment on the specifics yet.

 

“What we don’t want to say today, we don’t want to say too much into statements that were given or specifics of a deposition because we don’t want to compromise the investigation,” Brockport Police Department Lieutenant Mark Cuzzupoli said. “We want a solid case here, so we wanted to bring everybody forward so you all know what happened last night and where we’re going from here. We’re certainly going to have more media releases in the future.”

 

Cuzzupoli added that village police had responded to the house about half a dozen times this semester alone. The incidents ranged from noise complaints to fights.

 

“It’s not any sort of house I’d want my children living in,” Cuzzupoli said.

 

The College at Brockport also released a statement in response to the raid.

 

Those detained last evening have been identified as a member of a group that calls itself “The Delts.” The Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity was revoked by the National Fraternity’s Grand Council and closed by The College at Brockport in 2001,” a statement released by the college read. “Since then the College has done everything in its authority to prohibit the continued, unrecognized activity of this collection of individuals. We regularly educate and warn students and their parents of the dangers associated with such unrecognized groups and will continue to do so. We have zero tolerance for this group’s behavior.”

 

No arrests have been announced.

 

**This is a developing story. Check back for updates and look for the full story in our last edition of the semester on Wednesday, December 6.

 

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