RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech University announced Wednesday it had permanently banned a men’s fraternity from campus after prosecutors formally charged a student in an alleged off-campus hazing incident.
The university also said it had initiated disciplinary action against Deonte Bradley, the only Arkansas Tech student charged in the case, and that Bradley, a football player, had been suspended from the team.
Bradley was being held on a $20,000 bond on one count of second-degree battery, a class D felony, in a beating that seriously injured a Tech student. Warrants were pending for three others accused of attacking Deshawn Scoggins on April 21.
A class D felony conviction carries penalties of up to six years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
According to an arrest affidavit, a witness told authorities Calvin Williams, Stephen Bender and Klyantel Summons attacked Scroggins with wooden paddles and wooden canes. Scoggins told authorities Bradley drove him to a Russellville residence where the attack took place, the affidavit said.
Prosecutor David Gibbons filed charges Tuesday related to the incident involving the Pi-Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, based on evidence gathered in an investigation by state police, university public safety officers and a regional official of the fraternity.
"Arkansas Tech University has a zero tolerance policy for hazing rituals," Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations, said in a statement issued Wednesday. "Students involved in, encouraging, aiding and-or assisting in hazing or hazing-related activities are subject to a conduct review resulting in possible suspension or expulsion from the university."
The action followed a four-month investigation.
Arkansas Tech suspended the chapter on April 21, and the national fraternal organization followed three days later by placing the Tech chapter on "cease and desist" status pending the investigation of hazing allegations.
At the time the university suspended the Pi-Upsilon chapter in April, the organization had three active members at Arkansas Tech, the school said.
The beating occurred less than two weeks before 13 people were criminally charged in the hazing death of Florida A&M University marching band member Robert Champion, who was beaten after a football game last fall.
Bradley, a senior from Texarkana, Texas, was being converted to linebacker for the upcoming football season after lettering two years at tight end.