DURHAM, NH (AP) – Police have issued arrest warrants accusing 46 fraternity members at the University of New Hampshire of bullying students over an event in April.
The allegations are directed at members of the New Hampshire Beta Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Durham Police said in a news release on Friday.
Police said they were investigating allegations involving new members of the fraternity on April 13 at the SAE chapter house.
The arrest warrants were issued on June 7th. Bullying students is a misdemeanor.
A UNH spokesman said the school was made aware of the incident by the fraternity’s national headquarters on Friday and immediately notified local police.
“We have cooperated with the police throughout the investigation and the fraternity has been temporarily suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation,” Erika Mantz said in a statement on Friday. “We take any allegation of harassment very seriously and now that the police investigation has been completed we will start a formal behavioral procedure.”
The national fraternity organization said it paused its investigation after police began their own and that it was cooperating with local authorities.
“Sigma Alpha Epsilon condemns all harassment and wrongdoing inconsistent with the Brotherhood’s values, which are defined by our credo, ‘The True Gentleman,'” said Dave Pascarella, manager of communications, in a statement.
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