Category Archives: Hazing


Eight LSU Students Are Arrested Over Fraternity Pledge’s Death

Eight arrest warrants have been issued for students who are Phi Delta Theta fraternity members at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in connection with the death last month of a freshman pledge, according to an LSU news release.

The freshman, Maxwell Gruver, died after participating in a fraternity drinking game and consuming alcohol “in excess,” The Advocate reported. An LSU investigation found that Phi Delta Theta’s pledges had been asked questions about the fraternity and had been forc…


Serious Charges Are Dismissed for Penn State Fraternity Members in Pledge’s Death

A judge on Friday dismissed charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault against eight Pennsylvania State University fraternity members, who still face various other charges related to the death of Timothy Piazza following an initiation event, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

In May, 18 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity were charged for not helping Mr. Piazza in February after he consumed toxic amounts of alcohol during a fraternity initiation ceremony, and suffered several…


Family Settles Suit Against Clemson U. in Fraternity Pledge’s Death

The family of a Clemson University fraternity pledge who died three years ago has agreed to settle its lawsuit against the university, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and several of its members, the Independent Mail reported.

Tucker Hipps, a 19-year-old sophomore, was found dead in Lake Hartwell after going on a pledge run with about 30 members of the fraternity. His parents say they believe his death was a result of hazing.

Cindy and Gary Hipps settled their lawsuit — which sought $25 milli…


Coastal Carolina U. Ends Investigation of Prostitution Allegations Against Cheerleaders

Updated (5/19/2017, 3:45 p.m.) with comment from a lawyer for some members of the team.

Cheerleading will be back next school year at Coastal Carolina University following the team’s suspension tied to allegations of prostitution.

That assertion stemmed from an anonymous letter writer who, in a message to the university, said members of the cheerleading team were “prostituting themselves.” In the course of a university investigation, police officers found that some of the young women had be…


8 Fraternity Members Are Charged With Manslaughter in Hazing Death at Penn State

Eighteen members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University have been criminally charged for failing to help a pledge who died in February after consuming toxic levels of alcohol during an initiation ceremony and suffering a series of falls.

ABC News reported that eight of the fraternity members and the chapter itself were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Others were charged with aggravated and simple assault, evidence tampering, alcohol-related violations, and hazing…


Penn State’s President Warns Fraternities and Sororities to Shape Up

Are we “witnessing the beginning of the end of Greek life” at Pennsylvania State University? Many administrators and trustees are wondering if that will be the case, Eric J. Barron, the university’s president, says in a bluntly worded open letter to fraternity and sorority members.

In the letter, published Monday on his blog, Mr. Barron notes that the problems of binge drinking and campus sexual assault are national in scope, yet his tone seems exasperated and at times despairing as he writes th…


After a Student Dies, Penn State Bans a Fraternity and Liquor at All Greek Houses

Pennsylvania State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity after a student died, and announced a sweeping set of measures designed to crack down on what officials described as “growing evidence of problems” related to hazing, alcohol abuse, and drug use in Greek life. The actions included a ban on hard liquor at all fraternities.

The university shut down Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity where Timothy Piazza, 19, fell down a set of stairs last month and died the next morning. Damon S…


U. of S.C. President Says Fraternities May Be Able to Avoid Ban on Pledging

Fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina at Columbia may be able to avoid a proposed ban on the pledging process if they clean up their acts, the university’s president says.

The proposed policy, which university officials first put forward in May, would abolish the formal pledging period and replace it with several new processes, including a university-run education, training, and assessment program for students interested in joining Greek-letter organizations. “We thin…


6 Students Are Indicted in Hazing Death at College in Virginia

Six students at Ferrum College were indicted this week on charges connected with the hazing death in April of another student, reports The Roanoke Times.

The authorities in Franklin County, Va., have not stated why Michael A. Walker, 20, was hospitalized or what caused his death. He was found unresponsive at an off-campus location on April 17 and died a week later.

The six indicted students were all members of the Sigma Alpha Kappa fraternity. Two were also charged with purchasing or providing a…


Virginia Tech Bans Fraternity for 10 Years After Report of Beating

A fraternity at Virginia Tech has been banned from the campus for 10 years following reports of a pledge’s being blindfolded and beaten over a period of days in January, The Roanoke Times reported on Thursday.

The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will not be recognized again by Virginia Tech until May 15, 2026, because of abusive conduct and hazing, according to a letter that the university sent the chapter. The chapter, founded in 1973 and known as Theta Iota, was the first black Greek organization …