6 WVU students cited for hazing in Sigma Chi incident

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown police cited six members of a West Virginia University fraternity with hazing in connection with an incident earlier this month in the South Park neighborhood.

Police announced Thursday the members of the Sigma Chi fraternity reserved a nightclub in downtown Morgantown on Nov. 5 for a social gathering. Nineteen pledges to the fraternity were in attendance, and police said underage drinking took place at the nightclub.

After the party, as part of a what the fraternity described as a team-building exercise, the 19 pledges were dropped off in South Park and told to find their way back to the fraternity house.

Morgantown police were called to the neighborhood in the early morning hours of Nov. 6. They found the pledges in what police called “various states of intoxication.” Police made three arrests and issued citations for all of those involved.

Further investigation has resulted in hazing citations against the six members of the fraternity who dropped the students off in South Park.

Police identified the six fraternity members:

Alec Mandich, 21, Indianapolis, Ind.

Gillian Bowen, 24, Charleston

Connor McCaffery, 21, Richmond, Va.

Garrick Davis, 20, Crofton, Md.

Shane Boyce, 20, California, Md.

Michael McKenna, 20, Huntington Valley Pa.

Morgantown police say the Sigma Chi fraternity “acknowledged their involvement with the incident and has been very cooperative with the Morgantown Police Department during the investigation.”

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