Louisiana State University has banned the Phi Delta Theta fraternity until 2033 after the alleged hazing death of freshman student Max Gruver.
According to reports, LSU rescinded the fraternity’s registration until December 31, 2032. The school will not consider a request for reinstatement until January 1, 2033.
Gruver, an 18-year-old LSU freshman from Roswell, Georgia, died on Thursday, September 14, after he was found with a BAC of .495 percent. Gruver, who was pronounced dead at the hospital, was forced to chug 190-proof liquor at a fraternity event the night before.
via The Advocate:
In February, LSU President F. King Alexander announced that LSU students caught hazing will be expelled and the involved fraternities or student organizations will be kicked off campus.
Six students who were arrested for hazing Gruver last September in the Phi Delta Theta house were still currently enrolled at LSU last month. Three of the students were no longer enrolled, LSU confirmed at the time. But an LSU spokesman, citing student privacy laws, would not say whether students were expelled, cleared or still awaiting adjudication.
Gruver’s parents are advocating a change to state law that would increase the fines and jail time for hazing charges, especially in the case of death. The anti-hazing bill passed the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee on Wednesday.
Last week, Sean-Paul Gott, 21, Ryan Isto, 19, and Patrick Forde, 21, were indicted on a misdemeanor charge of hazing. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to a maximum of 30 days in jail. A fourth student, Matthew Alexander Naquin, was indicted on a felony negligent homicide charge. That charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.
In February, LSU President F. King Alexander said that future hazing incidents will result in expulsion and further penalties.