Thirteen Carleton College students are suspended following a hazing incident that was part of an initiation into a secret club.
The incident happened on and near the Northfield campus early on April 28, and included "extreme alcohol consumption," Joe Hargis, the associate vice president for external relations, said in a statement.
Hargis also said Carleton officials and Northfield police are investigating a sexual assault allegation that happened following the hazing incident, although no details about this were released due to the college's policies.
Carleton investigated the hazing incident, and on Thursday it suspended 13 students involved for three trimesters, with the school saying they violated the college's community standards, which ban hazing and conduct that threatens the health and safety of other students.
In addition to the suspension, the students will also have to go through alcohol education and do community service.
What's this secret club?
The club is a secret, social co-ed club, and a spokesperson for Carleton told GoMN the college didn't know about the club before this incident.
Apparently the club is called DTX – a reference to the Delta Tau Chi fraternity from the movieAnimal House, according to the Star Tribune. It's not sponsored by the college, and Hargis told Northfield News the school has never had any fraternities or sororities.
Few details were released about initiation into the club, but it was described as "meticulously planned," according to the Pioneer Press. Hargis told Northfield News those who planned the event intended to "provide copious amounts of alcohol to participants, which resulted in extreme intoxication for some of them."
Students involved didn't report any long-term physical injuries as a result of the hazing, Northfield News and the Star Tribune report.
Hazing on college campuses
According to a 2008 hazing report, 55 percent of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.
And the most common type of hazing reported is playing a drinking game, with 26 percent reporting it was part of their hazing experience. Meanwhile, 12 percent of people reported drinking until they got sick or passed out while being hazed.
For more information on how to stop hazing, click here.