UPDATE: BGPD investigators seized beer kegs, marijuana pipes from residence of reported hazing

The Bowling Green Police Department searched and seized items from 1303 Chestnut Street, where the alleged hazing occurred. LUKE FRANKE/HERALD

Bowling Green Police Department’s investigation of the hazing allegation filed by former swim team member Collin Craig has concluded.

In the report, BGPD officials obtained a search warrant for 1303 Chestnut Street, the address of where the hazing was reported to occur. Two beer kegs, two marijuana grinders, two marijuana pipes, one pill bottle with marijuana stems and five picture boards full of various photographs were among the items seized during the search.

According to the report, Huda Melky, director and Title IX Coordinator, met with BGPD in late February to view the picture boards. The picture boards were a photo collage of what appeared to be various students that were highly intoxicated to the point of vomiting and passing out. Some of the photographs depicted intoxicated individuals that were nude or partially nude placing their buttocks on other individuals. The photographs also showed females passed out in various positions, one of which a female is passed out in the bathroom with her underwear pulled down.

The Herald will have more information in Thursday’s print edition. The original story is below.

A Title IX investigation has found that the WKU swim team directly violated university policies on hazing, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In documents obtained by the Herald, the summary judgment completed by Title IX coordinator Huda Melky and Title IX deputy Joshua Hayes said individual members of the team were pressured to drink underage, subjected to calisthenics—called the “freshman ‘fuck around,’” according to the report—and endured mental abuse brought around by “taping and replaying embarrassing or compromising activity in order to subject the individual to ridicule.”

“The resulting hostile environment was created not only at ‘the party house’, but within the team itself,” the ruling said. “This culture of unruly conduct also led to an environment conducive of individuals being incapacitated due to excessive consumption of alcohol, underage drinking, and at least a high probability that alcohol was offered to and accepted by high school recruits.”

Questions were raised when former swim team member and student Collin Craig filed a formal complaint with the Bowling Green Police Department in January 2015. Criminal and Title IX investigations followed shortly after.

The investigation concluded that swim team Head Coach Bruce Marchionda knew about the hazing and sexual harassment since spring 2012 based on an email he received from a former swimmer.

The investigation concluded that disciplinary measures were “often inconsistent, and often handled during the fall semesters when major competitions and championships were not at stake,” the document said. 

The report recommended three action items for university administrators to proceed: 1) individual students accused in the complaint should be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs for further action, 2) Athletic Director Todd Stewart should “determine the appropriate next steps” regarding team leadership and 3) Stewart should “consider the involvement of the swim team from an organizational perspective” for its future. 

The following administrators were made aware of the report: Stewart, Director of Judicial Affairs Michael Crowe, Vice President of Student Affairs Howard Bailey, Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Richard Miller and Director of Human Resources Tony Glisson.