Findings announced from Citadel investigations
The Citadel has concluded its investigations of hazing allegations that were reported in February. The majority of cases investigated were training violations against freshman cadets (primarily unauthorized physical activity), not hazing. Capt. Geno Paluso, the commandant of cadets, initiated the investigation into allegations of misconduct and hazing after ordering freshmen to report possible hazing incidents they had experienced or witnessed. At a media availability held March 4, Paluso shared the initial findings from the probe which included 85 allegations.
After a thorough review of each case, the investigation has concluded:
- 53 of the allegations were fourth-class (freshman) training violations and resulted in on-campus punishments.
- 19 cases were considered hazing and those cadets have been recommended for suspension, dismissal or expulsion and are in the appeals process.
- Nine cadets withdrew or resigned.
- Three cases were dismissed as they involved no violations of Citadel regulations.
- One case will be adjudicated next semester due to extenuating circumstances.
“There simply is no place for hazing at The Citadel,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “It does not represent what we stand for, it is not consistent with our core values, and it does not prepare our cadets to be leaders of character.”