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PRESS ADVISORY
2 April 1998

STATEMENT ON ALLEGED HAZING INCIDENT

     The Citadel does not tolerate nor condone the behavior described in the Charleston Post and Courier article dated March 25, 1998.

     The Citadel has investigated the allegations and was unable to uncover evidence to substantiate the claims, which are a violation of Citadel regulations. Last week, the president of The Citadel directed the Commandant of Cadets to open an investigation into the alleged incident to ensure that no stone was left unturned. During the course of this exhaustive investigation, more than two dozen fourth class cadets, upper-class cadets and staff officers were interviewed.

     MGen John S. Grinalds, president of The Citadel, has briefed the family of the alleged victim on the results of the investigation. He also offered the family any assistance it might need from The Citadel.

     The school has taken appropriate measures to mitigate incidents of hazing, implementing a philosophy that eschews physical and verbal abuse, setting up effective procedures that implement the philosophy, and establishing the presence of adult leadership in the barracks, all of which have combined to create a tough, but positive approach to developing new cadets.

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