LSU chapter of Acacia Fraternity closes after hazing incident
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The LSU chapter of the Acacia Fraternity will close for four years as a result of an internal investigation regarding hazing violations.
Patrick McGovern, Acacia's Executive Director said in a written statement that the fraternity is closing due to "violations of standards and policies, specifically related to treatment of new members."
The members occupying the fraternity located at 3733 West Lakeshore Drive must vacate the building until June 20, 2018. Although, fraternity brothers did spend Thursday night at the frat house.
"Acacia Fraternity looks forward to returning to Louisiana State in the future with a membership that is a positive asset to the community," the release continued.
The disciplinary action comes after allegations of misconduct during a week of hazing initiations. The claim was reported by a former member who is a current LSU student.
"Hazing is not tolerated at LSU," said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. "I hope this sends a very strong message to all of our students who participate in Greek Life activities. This behavior is absolutely unacceptable."
Along with the hazing violations, LSU also reported that the fraternity was also involved in several thefts during a road trip to Auburn. The report mentions that several expensive items were stolen from a tailgate as well as a fraternity composite from an Auburn fraternity house.
LSU's Tiger TV says they interviewed the student who claims to have been hazed. The student claims the pledges were not allowed to eat, change clothes, shower or leave the house unless they go to class.
"At one point during the first night, they took us upstairs and said this was the last meal of this week, and it was a tarp laid out with dog food and other rotten food and we were all forced to eat it until it was gone," he said. "We were locked in a room and had to smoke 47 cigarette packs between all of us," he said. "A few people had to consume so much tobacco or nicotine that they got sick. They probably had nicotine poisoning and had to throw up in the bathroom."
The student reportedly emailed the Associate Director of Greek Life, Jonathan Sanders, in December 2014. Since then, the student claims he has been threatened and his car was vandalized.
LSU Police confirm that Adam Waldvogel of Metarie was arrested in connection to the allegation of threats.
"[Waldvogel] entered the University Recreational Center (UREC) and walked immediately to the room in which the victim was located," the arresting officer noted in the probable cause report. "[Waldvogel] entered the room, put his arm around the victim, and began slapping his face. The victim also said that the suspect stated that 'You [expletive] bad, we're coming for you.'"
Waldvogel was arrested and charged with simple battery and simple assault. He was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after posting a $2,000 bond.
Officials say no one else has been arrested in connection to the case, but they are still investigating a second claim regarding vandalism to the victim's car.
On Thursday, students reacted to the news.
"I know that a lot of Greeks haze, so I wasn't surprised, said freshman Mylinda Worthy.
"If you're going to do that then you're totally subjecting yourself to the consequences," said senior Jessi Robelot.
"Hazing does occur and should be addressed when it does and it should be fixed," said junior Michael McCarthy.
"If they're all doing it, let them suffer," said junior Torrey Alexis.
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