Indictments returned against Theta Mu fraternity

Date: 
09.24.2018

The Hampshire Grand Jury has returned four indictments against the Theta Mu chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, located at 374 North Pleasant Street in Amherst, charging it as a corporate entity with two counts of procuring alcohol for a minor (in violation of G.L. c. 138, sec. 34) and two counts of hazing (in violation of G.L. c. 269, sec. 17). 

These charges stem from incidents that occurred in the fall of 2017, which resulted in a UMass Amherst student being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. 

The indictments charging procuring alcohol for a minor allege that the fraternity furnished alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, and each is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.

The indictments charging hazing allege the fraternity “engage[d] in conduct or a method of initiation into a student organization which did willfully or recklessly endanger the physical or mental health of any student or other person,” and each is punishable by a fine of up to $3,000.

An arraignment date in Hampshire Superior Court has yet to be scheduled.