BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Husson College has begun an investigation into a student complaint alleging he was threatened after refusing orders to drink urine as part of a hazing event for new pledges.
Brock Robinson, 25, filed a report Sunday with the Husson Department of Safety and Security, alleging members of Mu Sigma Chi threatened him after he refused orders to drink human urine as part of hazing new pledges.
The fraternity has been suspended from holding any events, pending the results of the investigation.
The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. Saturday in the fraternity’s lounge. Robinson said one of the Mu Sigma Chi brothers went behind a couch and urinated into a bottle and then poured the liquid into a bowl, telling the four pledges in attendance to crawl toward the bowl and drink from it.
One of the pledges drank from the bowl and vomited, Robinson said, adding he was later told it was only beer after he refused to drink from the bowl. Julie Green, a spokeswoman for Husson College, said an investigation is under way to determine what happened. “I want to stress that Husson takes these allegations seriously,” she said.
Green said Husson has a strict no-tolerance policy on hazing.
According to a Feb. 5, 2003, memo from John Rubino, dean of the college, to Husson’s Greek Governing Board, hazing activities are defined as any action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.
The memo specifies forced or required consumption of any food, liquor, drug or any other substance as a hazing activity.
Robinson said he wants people to know what happened so the issue doesn’t get swept under the rug.
“The community donates a lot of money to the school and to the fraternity,” Robinson said. “Shouldn’t they know what they’re donating to?”