Five brothers of the University of Alabama chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity were arrested and jailed this week after an alleged hazing event left several pledges badly burned.
According to AL.com, the brothers were arrested after a joint investigation between the University of Alabama Police Department and the University of Alabama Office of Student Conduct concluded criminal hazing had occurred. Via AL.com:
The fraternity members several weeks ago reportedly made pledges stand in buckets of ice and salt, a combination which led to burns on the pledges’ feet. University officials didn’t confirm those specifics, or the time of arrests. AL.com asked school authorities midday about the hazing allegations, and they said they weren’t aware of any. They then released a media statement about 6:30 p.m.
The five men—21-year-old Colter K. Anderson, 21-year-old John Patrick Buckley, 20-year-old Hunter Lee Wagner, 20-year-old Richard E. Markwalter, and 20-year-old Mark Allen Powers—have all been charged with varying counts of hazing and were reportedly placed on “interim sanctions,” the meaning of which is unclear.
The fraternity, which is currently barred from social activities and new member events, has not lost its charter.