YSU suspends fraternity and probes alleged hazing
Cynthia Anderson, Youngstown State University president, said today that the university is suspending the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and conducting an internal investigation that may lead to the fraternity’s charter on campus being permanently revoked.
City police are investigating the assault of a YSU student whose family believes he was a victim of hazing.
According to a police report filed Feb. 2, Resean M. Yancey, 20, of Selma Avenue, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center by a friend about 8 p.m. Feb. 1.
The report says he had been assaulted and beaten by unidentified suspects “causing injuries, concussion and contusions all over his body.”
“The circumstances of this case are outrageous and unconscionable and against the very fabric of everything that Youngstown State University stands for,” Anderson said.
“We will not, under any circumstances, tolerate such behavior and we will work diligently to make sure that any student organization or individual that in any way participates in such behavior is removed from the university.”
Kappa Alpha Psi was chartered at YSU in 1947.
The police report says both Yancey’s mother and grandmother noticed different behavior in the young man for the previous two weeks, including going out late at night.
Police weren’t able to interview Yancey at the time of the report, but family members said they believe his injuries may be the results of hazing, the report said. He was released from the hospital Wednesday and is recovering at home.
University police are working with city police in the investigation.
“We had enough information that we felt we absolutely had to take some action,” Anderson said.