Following a months-long investigation, the Vanderbilt University Police Department disciplined three officers for their response to a disturbance call in February.
Vanderbilt police responded to a disturbance call at 4:50 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, where officers said they observed students throwing things out of windows and against walls inside the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity house on West Side Row.
The university did not say how the officers were disciplined.
According to a university release issued shortly after the incident, officers entered the house with their weapons drawn and handcuffed several students and their off-campus guests, holding them outside in freezing weather for more than half an hour.
Assistant Vice Chancellor and VUPD Chief August Washington ordered an internal investigation into the officers’ response. The officers were placed on paid administrative leave immediately following the incident and remained on leave throughout the investigation.
A VUPD online crime log states that when officers arrived on the scene, they observed people throwing things out of a broken window, throwing furniture against the walls and causing other damage inside the house.
In a university release dated April 19, Washington said, “The investigation found that the officers involved made mistakes in the way they responded to this call, and we have taken the appropriate actions.”
Keeping with its policy, the university has not named the officers involved. The students involved were referred to the Office of Student Conduct at the University to determine what disciplinary action against them would be appropriate, but results of such deliberations are confidential.
The NPHC is the governing council for the eight historically African-American fraternities and sororities.