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Four Nichols College students accused in hazing incident

Dudley police are seeking charges against four Nichols College students in connection with a hazing incident reported at the college earlier this month, officials said.

An application for criminal charges against the students was filed Thursday, said Police Chief Steven Wojnar. Police acted after an investigation into an alleged off-campus hazing incident at the school in Dudley on Nov. 7, according to Wojnar and a statement from the school.

Three students were taken to the hospital suffering from alcohol poisoning, Wojnar said. The students had been at a gathering involving the school's baseball team.

"The college takes these allegations very seriously," the school said in a statement. "We are conducting an investigation in accordance with school policy and will continue to work closely with the Dudley Police Department on this matter."

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A court date will be set within the next four to six weeks, Wojnar said. A clerk magistrate will determine if there is probable cause to charge the students.

The names of the students who are facing charges have not been released. The students who were hospitalized are not facing charges, Wojnar said.


Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.