Fourteen members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, which is unaffiliated with Boston University, are scheduled to appear in Brighton District Court for a hearing following an alleged hazing incident on Monday, officials said.
A court hearing was scheduled for May 7, said Boston Police Department spokeswoman Nicole Grant. Complaints were filed against 14 suspects for hazing, failure to report hazing and assault & battery.
When officers responded to a call for a loud party early Monday morning, they entered to find five BU students in their underwear, doused in condiments and beer, duct-taped together in the basement, according to the police report.
The 14 suspects will have to proceed with the hearing in Brighton District Court as well as judicial affairs at Boston University, said BU spokesman Colin Riley.
Riley could not confirm that the 14 suspects were all BU students, but said most, if not all, attend the university.
If there is a violation of the Code of Student Responsibilities, the school will then decide on the sanctions.
“We are going to ask each one of the students to come to Judicial Affairs to determine if they are culpable and we will sanction them accordingly,” said Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore. “We will treat them as individuals.”
Each student will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, Riley said.
“The courts have no relevance on what will happen to the students at school,” Riley said. “The two do not have anything to do with each other. We will decide what action, if any, to take once the students have had the opportunity to be heard by Judicial Affairs.” Three of the 14 suspects will face complaints of Keeper of a Disorderly House, according to the BPD blog.
The owners had already reported problems with the tenants vandalizing the building and are now seeking to have the tenants evicted after this incident, according to the blog.
The five victims, confirmed as BU students, have been uncooperative with the police, Riley said.
The victims declined medical attention and rides back to campus after the incident, according to the police report.
Since the fraternity was not officially registered at BU, the school cannot take action in regards to the group.
The AEPi national chapter was not available for a comment.