UHart student faces hazing charge

(Photo: West Hartford Police Department)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A University of Hartford student is facing charges for an off campus hazing incident that police say got way out of hand.

Police say the hazing involved putting lit cigarettes on student’s tongues and a list of other things.

A Phi Delta Theta website condemning hazing gives the appearance the fraternity is against the practice, saying it has no place in their fraternal community. But a pledge says he was hazed by a member of the fraternity to the point he contacted police.

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The freshman says 21-year-old George Sinclair assaulted him, among other things, although other student haven’t confirmed his hazing assault.

Police took action, arresting Sinclair a few days ago.

A neighbor who lives next door to the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house says she wasn’t surprised when she heard news of hazing.

“I don’t know what they are doing. They have parties until one two o’clock in the morning,” said the neighbor.

The Hartford Courant says the arrest warrant states Sinclair beat the victim, who identifies himself as a Muslim, in the chest with a golf club. When he fell to the ground, member of the fraternity surrounded him, spitting, pouring liquor, cursing at him and making fun of his Islamic background.

News 8 went to the fraternity house to see what members had to say about the allegations, but the house was deserted and neighbors say they hope it stays that way.

“It’s a real mess because this is a nice neighborhood here and there was never anything like this until these guys moved in,” said a neighbor.

Officials with the University of Hartford say the Phi Delta Theta is not a recognized Greek organization with the University of Hartford but they are still taking the hazing allegations seriously.

Sinclair is out on a $1,000 bond and is due in court on March 27th.

Below is a response from the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity Associate Executive Vice President, Sean Wagner, regarding the incident:

The Connecticut Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Hartford ceased to operate in March 2011 when their charter was suspended for failing chapter operations. George Sinclair is not a member of Phi Delta Theta, nor are there any undergraduate members of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Hartford. Any University of Hartford student misrepresenting themselves as a member of Phi Delta Theta is doing so illegally. Phi Delta Theta does not condone any form of hazing. Furthermore, the alleged actions being reported are deplorable and directly contradict the values and policies of Phi Delta Theta.

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