A University of North Georgia sorority in Dahlonega is on probationary status after a hazing investigation, according to documents obtained by The Times.
Phi Mu will remain on probation until May 12, 2019, during which time the sorority cannot violate any policies from the university, the national organization or the local governing bodies.
The local Phi Mu chapter has not returned multiple requests for comment.
According to the investigation, unidentified Phi Mu members “admitted to blindfolding and putting the new members in the back of ... (an) SUV to surprise them for a late night dinner.”
The charge listed on the investigative report stated “hazing includes any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.”
The report said the members “did not intend any harm” and did not consider it hazing at the time “because there was no mal-intent (sic).”
“(They) still put the new members in danger by having them in the back rear of the SUV and while the new members were blindfolded, there was silence in the vehicle all the way to the Waffle House, which could have produced mental discomfort to the new members,” according to the report.
Phi Mu must also abide by any sanctions and restrictions from its national organization.
The national headquarters did not return a request for comment Friday afternoon.
“Additional violations of University policy or failure to complete sanctions will jeopardize the organizations’ recognition on the University of North Georgia campus,” according to the university’s documents.