There’s been a lot of drama brewing down at Fort Valley State University this week.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution was first to report that the historically Black school was being investigated for hazing allegations and a possible sex ring scandal orchestrated by an employee of the school.
Now the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has gotten involved in the matter which reportedly revolves around Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
GBI Special Agent J.T. Ricketson spoke with several news outlets earlier this week and revealed that the GBI was requested by the Georgia Board of Regents and Attorney General’s office to “look into a matter” at the university.
Fort Valley State University recently notified the University System of Georgia about potential employee misconduct. We can confirm that the University System of Georgia is now conducting an investigation into this alleged employee misconduct, and an FVSU employee who is allegedly involved has been placed on administrative leave.
We can also confirm that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Attorney General are involved and investigating whether criminal activity has occurred. With the investigation pending, we cannot comment further.”
It has been reported that the incident being investigated involves allegations of employee misconduct and hazing linked to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and prostitution.
The newest members of Alpha Beta who were initiated this past Spring were involved in a sex ring so they could allegedly pay to “pledge” the oldest Black Greek sorority, which was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University. The customers are allegedly local politicians and businessmen.
In addition to the alleged hazing/sex scandal, there is also a bit of scandal brewing with the way the information was released.
On Thursday, the AJC released portions of a letter written from Chancellor Steve Wrigley to GBI Director Vernon Keenan calling for the GBI to pull the agent off of the investigation.
“Ricketson has from the moment he got on the case been talking to the media. He has talked to more reporters than Fort Valley State University students and officials. Such behavior damages the quality, credibility and integrity of the investigation.”
The letter continued: “We need a professional, thorough and timely investigation conducted. Ricketson has demonstrated he cannot provide this.”
“I have elevated the case to the command staff level of our investigative division,” GBI Director Vernon Keenan wrote. An inspector who reports directly to the deputy director will oversee the case.”
Keenan said that there would be a complete and thorough investigation of the claims.
For the record, there is no official confirmation that the investigation is about hazing and/or prostitution – only that there is an on-going investigation. Nevertheless, social media has been buzzing about the scandalous allegations involving the well-respected sorority.
We were appalled to learn of allegations of sexual misconduct against a Fort Valley State University employee who also is a graduate member of the sorority.These allegations are in no way representative of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 110-year service-based mission or its nearly 300,000 members.
We condemn these allegations in the strongest possible terms. We remain dedicated to our mission to encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity, alleviate problems concerning girls and women, create opportunities for them to pursue higher education and be of service to millions of people around the world annually.
The University also released a statement addressing how the investigation kicked off:
“On April 5, 2018, administrators from Fort Valley State University received two separate reports of alleged wrongdoing. One report was made anonymously as a tip on a campus complaint hotline. The second report was made separately by an employee to the campus Title IX coordinator. The USG in conjunction with FVSU began an immediate investigation in accordance with its policies.”
Meanwhile, the employee in question has been placed on administrative leave.