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University of Alabama students arrested on hazing allegations

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Five University of Alabama students were arrested Wednesday as part of an investigation into hazing allegations involving Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the university said.

Colter Anderson, 21, of Dallas, Texas; John Buckley, 21, of Houston, Texas; Hunter Wagner, 20, of Huntsville, Alabama; and Richard Markwalter, 20, also of Huntsville, each face three hazing charges, according to the University of Alabama Police Department. Mark Powers, 20, of Athens, Alabama, faces one hazing charge.

The five were taken into custody following an investigation by the university's police department and office of student conduct, the school said.

They were being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on $1,000 bond each.

"The University of Alabama will not tolerate hazing and takes allegations and incidents of hazing very seriously," said Dr. Tim Hebson, dean of students. "Students who are the victims of, or who become aware of, hazing incidents are strongly encouraged to bring these incidents to our attention."

The school says it has placed the five students and the fraternity chapter on interim sanctions that include no social events and no new member activities.

The university says the investigation is ongoing.