VSU marching band suspended as hazing investigation underway

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PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — The marching band at Virginia State University has been suspended following allegations of hazing.

The university said in a statement that VSU Police is investigating the hazing allegations that involve members of the Trojan Explosion Marching Band.

Some of the allegations have been substantiated, the university said, and as a result, the marching band leadership team recommended the suspension of all band performances as the investigation is underway.

VSU administration agreed with the band leadership’s decision to suspend performances. The university administration said they take all allegations of hazing seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against hazing.

This comes less than a week away from when the university’s homecoming is set to start.

Below is the university’s full statement:

The safety of students, faculty, and staff is Virginia State University (VSU) administration’s top priority. The University administration takes ALL allegations of hazing very seriously and has a ZERO tolerance against hazing. The VSU Police is investigating hazing allegations involving members of the Trojan Explosion Marching Band, some of which have been substantiated. As a result, the Trojan Explosion Marching Band leadership has recommended the suspension of all band performances pending completion of the investigation by the VSU Police and the band leadership. The University administration is in agreement with the band leadership’s decision. The entire University community is expected to adhere to VSU’s anti-hazing policy published in the student handbook. The University conducts mandatory anti-hazing training for students and advisors. The policy clearly states “every form of hazing to include conspiracy to haze is prohibited. Commission of hazing can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony. Participation in hazing may result in both individual and organizational disciplinary action.”

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