VSU reinstates marching band, suspends social organization for 3 years following hazing investigation

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State University announced its decision to reinstate the school’s marching band Wednesday following an investigation into hazing allegations that became public last week.

The university said investigators found that band members in a campus-based social group called Drum Phi committed acts that violated its anti-hazing policy. Drum Phi has been suspended for three years and its members have been disciplined under VSU’s code of conduct.

“The Virginia State University (VSU) Anti-Hazing policy strictly prohibits physical and emotional abuse. Allegations of hazing led VSU Police to conduct an investigation,” the university’s statement said. “VSU Police determined that Drum Phi, which is a campus-based social organization comprised of a few members of the Trojan Explosion Marching Band, conducted activities in violation of the University’s Anti-Hazing policy.”

The decision comes ahead of the school’s homecoming concert and game this weekend.

Read the full statement from VSU below:

The Virginia State University (VSU) Anti-Hazing policy strictly prohibits physical and emotional abuse. Allegations of hazing led VSU Police to conduct an investigation. VSU Police determined that Drum Phi, which is a campus-based social organization comprised of a few members of the Trojan Explosion Marching Band, conducted activities in violation of the University’s Anti-Hazing policy.

As a result, the Office of Student Conduct has placed Drum Phi on suspension for a minimum of three years. Also, members of Drum Phi, who engaged in these activities, have been disciplined under the VSU Student Code of Conduct.

Therefore, based on the findings of the VSU Police investigation, the VSU Administration has reinstated performances for the Trojan Explosion Marching Band. Administration will continue to monitor all student organizations and social groups for adherence to the University’s Anti-Hazing policy. Any organization, including students, advisors, and employees who violate University policy, will be held accountable.

statement from Virginia State University

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