Fraternity Hazing / Misconduct Recap: 2018
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fraternity hazing lawyer presents a summary of fraternity misconduct incidents that occurred during
2018, a year that saw more fraternity-related deaths and more fraternities
suspended by their host schools than in any previous year. Use the links
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In the year 2018 there 10 deaths that were linked to fraternity hazing
or to fraternity-sponsored/ fraternity-associated events.
Kevin K. Ajluni, a student at Central Michigan University, was found dead at the bottom
of a staircase in a private Mt. Pleasant, MI residence that had hosted
a Phi Sigma Phi “event” earlier in the evening of April 28, 2018.
Phi Sigma Phi was later expelled from the CMU campus due to multiple, confirmed,
allegation of hazing, sexual assault, and alcohol/drug abuse occurring
at the fraternity house.
At Murray State University (KY), 19-year-old
Zach Wardrip was found dead in a room of the off-campus Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity
house on April 29, 2018. Wardrip was not a student at Murray State and
was not a member of Lambda Chi Alpha but had been visiting a friend at
the school. Wardrip’s death was later attributed to acute alcohol
On the evening of May 1, 2018
Polly Miranda Rogers, 20, a student at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte,
was killed when she fell from a “party bus” that had been
chartered by the local chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity to transport
students to a Charlotte, NC-area bar. An autopsy revealed that her blood
alcohol level was twice the level necessary to be convicted of DUI/DWI
in North Carolina.
Texas A&M freshman
Joseph Little, age 18, died on August 29, 2018 after suffering a “seizure”
at an off-campus apartment. At that time the local media reported that
the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, where Little was a pledge, was being investigated
for possible involvement in Little’s death.
An autopsy revealed that Little had died as a result of multiple seizures
caused by use of the “prescription-only” stimulant
Adderall. The fraternity was later suspended until 2022.
Dylan Fulton, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul, died
September 12th after a night of heavy drinking at the Alpha Gamma Rho
Marco Lee Shemwell died at a Louisville (KY) hospital 3 days after being struck by a car
as he and his family waited to cross a street near the University of Kentucky
football stadium on the afternoon of September 15, 2018. The vehicle’s
driver, 18-year-old Jacob R. Heil, admitted to drinking “two beers”
earlier that day at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, where he was
a pledge. The fraternity later announced that it was disbanding the University
of Kentucky chapter.
In Riverside, CA, 20-year-old
Tyler Hilliard died on September 16, 2018 after being transported to a local hospital
the previous evening complaining of difficulty breathing at what presumably
was some type of Alpha Phi Alpha-sponsored initiation event. After family
members found what appeared to be references to hazing on Tyler’s
cellphone, police classified his death as “suspicious” and
launched a formal investigation while awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.
On October 25, 19-year-old TCU student
Andrew Walker of Westford, MA was found dead after apparently jumping from an on-campus
parking deck at Texas Christian University. Walker had been arrested in
September on charges relating to a hazing incident involving the Kappa
Sigma fraternity and was scheduled to appear in court on December 3, 2018,
on the hazing charge as well as a later DUI arrest.
Ohio University freshman
Collin Wiant, 18, died on November 12, 2018, shortly after being found unresponsive
at an off-campus home. Wiant’s fraternity, Sigma Pi, was suspended
pending investigation by the school and local police.
At Tennessee Tech, 23-year-old
Paul Hamilton Ten Eyck was found dead shortly after midnight on December 8, 2018 in a room at
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. SAE was immediately suspending
pending investigation and autopsy findings.
Fraternity Suspensions 2018
Thanks to “fraternity revolts” at West Virginia University
and the University of Iowa which led to multiple fraternity suspensions
at each school, a record 148 fraternities were suspended (at least temporarily)
by their hosts in 2018.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon: 15 suspensions (Arizona, East Carolina, George Mason, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana@Lafayette,
Memphis, Missouri, Montana State, North Georgia, Tennessee@Martin, Tennessee
Tech, Texas@Austin, Westminster (MO), West Virginia)
Pi Kappa Alpha: 9 suspensions (Arkansas@Little Rock, Iowa, Louisiana@Monroe, Memphis,
SMU, Southeast Missouri State. UMass, West Virginia, Wisconsin@Whitewater)
Sigma Chi: 9 suspensions (Kentucky, Louisiana@Lafayette, Missouri, Northern Colorado,
Pittsburg, Stanford, West Virginia, Western Kentucky)
Kappa Sigma: 7 suspensions (Central Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern,
Indiana, Iowa, UNC@Charlotte, Wisconsin@Madison)
Alpha Epsilon Pi: 5 suspensions (Florida State, Ohio State, Syracuse, Temple, Washington (MO))
Lambda Chi Alpha: 5 suspensions (Arkansas@Fayetteville, Cal Poly, Louisiana@Lafayette,
Southeastern Oklahoma, UNC@Charlotte)
Sigma Alpha Mu: 4 suspensions (Ohio State, Syracuse, USC, West Virginia)
Alpha Tau Omega: 3 suspensions (Central Florida, Kentucky, Memphis)
Kappa Alpha Order: 3 suspensions (Oklahoma, San Diego State, West Virginia)
Tau Kappa Epsilon: 3 suspensions (Eastern Carolina, Indiana, Ohio State)
Fraternity Suspensions 2018 by School
As mentioned previously, the Universities of Iowa and West Virginia were
the sites of “fraternity revolts” by frats “wanting
to control their own destinies” without interference from their
host schools’ administration. Had it not been for those mass suspensions,
there would have been no “spike” of “bump” in
the number of frat suspensions when compared to previous years. With that
adjustment in mind, schools that reported 3 or more fraternity suspensions
in 2018 were:
Iowa (10): Acacia, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta,
Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Pi
West Virginia (8): Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Sigma Kappa,
Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Theta Chi
East Carolina (6): Alpha Phi, Delta Chi, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon,
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Memphis (4): Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Ohio State (4): Alpha Epsilon Pi, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Tau Kappa Epsilon
Central Michigan (3): Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa Phi
San Diego State (3): Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Syracuse (3): Alpha Epsilon Pi, Sigma Alpha Mu, Theta Tau
Other fraternity-related news from 2018
Frustrated by what it felt was an unusually long investigation into multiple
complaints of sexual assault involving its members, the local chapter of
Sigma Chi announced that it was disaffiliating itself from Cal State at Long Beach.
Since July 2018, at least 4 lawsuits are known to have been filed against
both Stockton (NJ) University and the national headquarters of
Pi Kappa Phi by female students who say that they were drugged, physically attacked
and sexually assaulted at a “run-down” off-campus residence
that is occupied by male students identifying themselves as members of
Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Pi Kappa Phi was expelled from campus, and its
national charter revoked, in 2010 over “wild parties” at the
fraternity’s former residence.
On October 10, the national headquarters of
Sigma Alpha Epsilon filed a lawsuit against its suspended University of Texas at Austin chapter
in a bid to stop the suspended unit from using the SAE name and logo.
In November Grand Valley (MI) State suspended all Greek events where alcohol
was to be served and placed a moratorium on new member recruitment while
the school reexamined its policies and relationships regarding fraternities
On December 12, Lehigh University announced that all Spring Semester 2019
new member recruitment by members of the school’s Interfraternity
Council will be suspended indefinitely while the school investigates “alleged
hazing” activities at an on-campus fraternity house.
Contacting a fraternity misconduct lawyer
Perhaps one day we will look back at the year 2018 as the year that students,
parents, and colleges finally said “Enough of this nonsense!”
and stood up to the “Greeks.” This, of course, isn’t
likely to happen since the same fraternities (e.g. Sigma Alpha Epsilon
and Kappa Sigma) seem to consistently account for more injuries, and deaths,
than other frats.
If your child was injured as a result of fraternity hazing, or some other
form of voluntary misbehavior, we invite you to
contact The Doan Law Firm, a nationwide fraternity hazing and personal injury law practice with
offices in major cities across the country.
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