Fort Valley State University, located in Middle Georgia, is being investigated by Georgia Bureau of Investigations for alleged employee misconduct involving students.
According to reports, the employee, who is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, had pledges performing sexual activities. Investigators are getting tips from social media outlets that a sex ring was being taken place.
The sorority released a statement stating they have a “zero tolerance policy for hazing, member sexual misconduct, and harassment, and we take any allegations of this nature very seriously.”
The AKAs have also launched an internal investigation and are “fully cooperating with university and law enforcement officials as they investigate these allegations.”
“These allegations are in no way representative of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s 110-year service-based mission or its nearly 300,000 members,” the statement said. “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.”
Investigators have speculated that the sexual misconduct took place this Spring after pictures began circulating of the newest members of the sorority. Interviews are underway and officials have begun seizing all computers.
The university has released a statement saying, “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.”
The employee has been placed on administrative leave.