FORT VALLEY, Ga. – The Fort Valley State University employee allegedly involved in the GBI investigation on sexual misconduct on campus has resigned.
Resignation letters obtained by 11Alive showed Alecia Johnson resigned from her position as Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Special Events at Fort Valley State University on April 18.
This was the same day 11Alive broke the news of the investigation.
Johnson wrote to the university’s president Paul Jones stating, “I find it best under the circumstance to render my resignation effective immediately.”
The school went under investigation by the GBI for alleged employee misconduct involving students and outside players. GBI Special Agent J.T. Ricketson said they were requested by the Georgia Board of Regents and Attorney General's office to "look into a matter" at the university.
Ricketson said their criminal investigation began Thursday, April 12 and the scope keeps widening. While he wouldn't categorize the investigation, posts on Twitter and other social media platforms pointed to a sex scandal with the Alpha Beta chapter of the oldest historically black sorority in the world, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
In a statement to 11Alive, the sorority said they have a "zero-tolerance policy for hazing, member sexual misconduct, and harassment, and we take any allegations of this nature very seriously."
They said the Fort Valley employee who was on administrative, and has not resigned -- Alecia Johnson -- is a member of the sorority and were "appalled to learn of allegations of sexual misconduct."
On Friday, 11Alive obtained a “withdraw of privileges” letter from Alpha Kappa Alpha South Atlanta Regional Director stating, “Alpha Beta has been placed on Withdrawal of Privileges, effective immediately, by the Office of the South Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.”
The letter continued stating, “Withdrawal of Privileges shall disqualify the chapter from participation in the Sorority and all Sorority activities, including the 65th South Atlantic Regional Conference. Members cannot serve as a representative or spokesperson and cannot represent yourself in any manner as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.”
The sanction will remain in effect pending the outcome of the investigation and members of the chapter are expected to meet with the investigative team, the letter ended.