5 University of Alabama students charged with hazing

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Five University of Alabama students were arrested Wednesday after an investigation into allegations of hazing involving Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, a university spokesperson said.

Four students each face three charges of hazing: Colter K. Anderson, 21, of Dallas Texas; John Patrick Buckley, 21, of Houston Texas; Hunter Lee Wagner, 20, of Huntsville; and Richard E. Markwalter, 20, of Huntsville, Shane Dorrill with University Relations said. The fifth student, Mark Allen Powers, 20, of Athens, faces one hazing charge.

According to Dorrill, the arrests were the result on a joint investigation by the UAPD and the UA Office of Student Conduct.

The five suspects were booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Bond was set at $1,000 for each. Hazing is a Class C misdemeanor.

The students were also placed on interim sanctions by the university and are being referred to the university’s Office of Student Conduct.

The university, along with Phi Gamma Delta International Fraternity, placed interim sanctions on the chapter, Dorrill said. These sanctions include no social events and no new member activities.

“The University of Alabama will not tolerate hazing and takes allegations and incidents of hazing very seriously,” Dr. Tim Hebson, dean of students, said in a statement.  “Students who are the victims of, or who become aware of, hazing incidents are strongly encouraged to bring these incidents to our attention.”

The media release from Dorrill contained the following information regarding hazing and the investigation, which is ongoing:

Any students who are aware of hazing incidents should phone the hazing and harassment hotline at 205/348-HALT (4258) or UAPD at 205/348-5454. Both numbers may be contacted 24/7.

Calls to the hazing hotline are confidential and are referred to the Office of Student Conduct and/or UAPD for investigation. To ensure a successful investigation, callers should provide specific information including names of organizations, times and locations.

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