Six members of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday accused of hazing pledges.
The students turned suspects are 20 and 21 years old. They’re accused of severely limiting how much food the alleged victims ate over several days and paddling.
The university suspended the Rutgers chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, as did the sorority’s national organization in North Carolina, university spokesman Greg Trevor said last night, declining further comment because the matter is “under investigation.”
But one of as many as seven alleged victims described a frightening nightly ritual of paddlings, saying she’d been struck 201 times between Jan. 18 and Monday, The Star-Ledger reported. Others told cops they’d been denied food.
“They told us there was no hazing, that they didn’t believe in it,” the pledge said, telling the newspaper she wanted to join Sigma Gamma Rho because of its history of community service. She said the group was told the beatings would “humble” them and get them to rely on one another.