Rutgers suspends Sigma Gamma Rho sorority after hazing allegations

Rutgers University Sigma Gamma Rho Hazing

Rutgers University has suspended the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority after some of its members were charged with torturing at least seven women who wanted to join the organization.

The six members who were arrested are charged with aggravated hazing, which a police spokesman Friday called a possible “indictable offense.”

Under Rutgers’ Code of Student Conduct, a student found to have engaged in these kinds of rituals may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

The alleged victims came forward saying they were beaten and starved over an eight-day period. One of them, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Star-Ledger she suffered seven nights of beatings and was struck 201 times between January 18 and 25.

Police said the hazing occurred at a student apartment building, and at private homes.

Rutgers University is the largest institution for higher education in the state of New Jersey and is the eighth-oldest college in the United States.