Seven University at Albany students are accused of blindfolding sorority recruits, making them eat mud and dousing them in rotten eggs and milk.
One sickened victim was treated and released from a hospital after she experienced an allergic reaction.
“That’s really cruel and horrible,” Albany student Andrew Borruso told News 10. “I have a sister myself and I would never want that to happen to her.”
The victim told police the students ordered her to get on the ground and demanded that she devour what appeared to be mud, according to the Times Union. She had to do this while pouring rotten milk and eggs, mold-covered food and urine-stenched liquid onto her face.
Cops said she suffered a shortness of breath, her eyes swelled and her chest was burning, according to the Times Union.
“We actually got a call for a noise complaint,” Steve Smith of the Albany Police Department told WNYT. “When the officers arrived on the scene, they observed what appeared to be initiation of sorts for a sorority.”
A spokesman for the university said the sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, is not recognized at the school.
The seven women were arraigned on misdemeanor hazing charges following Thursday’s arrests. Katrina Bergvoy, Heaven Guanco, Monica Vitagliano, Tereyza Martin, Chinazo Ezekwem, Nicole Johnson, and Jessica Raynor, all between 19 and 21, face one year in jail, according to WNYT.
The school said in a statement that it “has a zero tolerance policy” for hazing.
“While we cannot discuss individual students due to federal privacy laws, any student involved in hazing is violating rules of the University’s Student Code of Conduct,” spokesman Karl Luntta said, accordging to the Times Union.
Last year, seven members of an unsanctioned fraternity at the New York school werecharged in the hazing death of a Bronx teen, who was forced to drink a half gallon of vodka.
Source: New York Daily News