OXFORD – The University of Mississippi Police Department arrested five students on charges of assault, hazing and larceny late last week in connection with the assault of a Sigma Pi fraternity member, according to a report by The Daily Mississippian, the university campus newspaper.
According to the report, one misdemeanor is for hazing, for which the university has a zero tolerance policy.
Tucker Cole Steil was arrested on a felony-level charge of assault. James Declan Basile was arrested on charges of assault, hazing and larceny. Christian Guy, Kyle Hughes and Austin Rice were arrested on charges of larceny.
According to the report, Boyle, a junior accountancy major from Pennsylvania, was assaulted in the early morning of Oct. 6, suffering a concussion, several broken teeth, a ruptured eardrum and a lung contusion.
Brian Boyle, the victim’s father, said he is most disappointed in the fact that the students accused are still on campus.
“What we’re finding is the leniency we’ve had so far on these assailants,” Brian Boyle said. “That’s the biggest problem. They had gone through the university’s justice system and were for all intents and purposes, slapped on the wrist. In the mean time, you’ve got accused felons walking around the campus.”