Pomona (myFOXla.com) – Cal Poly Pomona and police officials completed their investigation into an apparent hazing incident in which a student suffered second-degree burns, but prosecutors declined to file any criminal charges, the university announced today.
Nine members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity were suspended and 45 were placed on probation, but 20 other people who were questioned about the March 6 incident were cleared of any wrongdoing, according to the university.
Despite the police investigation, “due to a number of factors the District Attorney’s Office elected not to file criminal charges,” according to a university statement.
The fraternity itself was suspended for four years — both by the university and the fraternity’s national headquarters in Richmond, Va. During the suspension, the fraternity will not be permitted to use university facilities or engage in any activities on campus.
“Simply put, we have a zero-tolerance policy,” said Doug Freer, vice president of student affairs. “Those who violate the policy will be held accountable.”
On March 6, 14 students were blindfolded and driven to an undisclosed location in the high desert for a fraternity initiation ceremony attended by more than 130 fraternity members and alumni, university spokesman Tim Lynch said. Full story.