Thursday, November 18, 2010

Phi Sigma Kappa at WVU Involved in Hazing

WVU fraternity placed on moratorium after hazing incident

By Ben Adducchio

A fraternity house hazing incident that occurred earlier this week at West Virginia University has left the fraternity penalized and a Student Government Association member charged with a misdemeanor.

The incident occurred at the Phi Sigma Kappa house early Monday morning.

West Virginia University Police found 10 men blindfolded and covered with food


One officer says he saw 20-year-old student Ahmad Abdul Khalik Alashi slapping the men.

Alashi is charged with misdemeanor hazing and was arraigned Monday evening in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

Becky Lofstead is assistant vice president for WVU Communications.

"Incidents of hazing, obviously are against the law, they’re simply uncalled for," she said.

Lofstead says the university is investigating the incident and the fraternity is facing penalties.

"The fraternity itself has been placed on a moratorium, that means no activity, or any chapter meetings, on or off campus, and the national office of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity has been contacted as well," Lofstead said.

The investigation is expected to continue through early December.