Louisiana State University Lifts Ban on Greek parties with alcohol One Month after Fraternity Pledge’s Death
Even though colleges are working to take stronger precautions against atrocities like hazing, binge-drinking and sexual assaults, it’s hard to ignore the statistics.
62% of all sexual assaults on campus are drug-related. 82% of deaths from college hazing involve alcohol. Upwards to 1/3 of adolescents have taken part in a binge drinking activity which have led to traffic accidents, violent behavior and/or suicide.
More and more of these dangerous, sometimes fatal, activities are being reported on college campuses across the country. As we have seen, alcohol-related deaths can happen anywhere – including in Louisiana. Last month, a freshman who was pledging Phi Delta Theta fraternity, engaged in a night of heavy drinking, which resulted in the loss of his life.
According to police, he was targeted at the hazing event by a member of the fraternity who disliked him. The pledge, who died, along with other pledges were forced to drink each time they answered questions incorrectly during a fraternity game called “Bible study.” The excessive drinking caused the targeted pledge to suffer alcohol poisoning and he ended up choking on his own vomit, resulting in his death.
Last week, 10 members of the fraternity were arrested by the LSU Police Department and booked into Parish Prison on misdemeanor counts of hazing. The brother of the fraternity who targeted the pledge was the only member who was booked on a count of negligent homicide as well as hazing.
Following his death, LSU began to crackdown on all Greek activities including parties, tailgating, philanthropic events, and membership meetings. Philanthropic events resumed one week after his death and tailgating was again allowed with new restrictions.
Most recently, the university has now lifted the ban on parties with alcohol. However, students in fraternities and sororities were required to attend risk management training in order to participate in house parties, exchanges and formals, where alcohol was served.
It is unclear whether new security and policies governing social events being tightened will prevent another tragedy like this from occurring at LSU.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the student who died and we hope all universities across the country evaluate their current policies in place to prevent more student deaths like this from occurring.
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These catastrophes are preventable and it falls on the responsibility of students, universities, parents and teachers to stop them from occurring. Here are some tips to educate students on how to prevent these tragedies:
- Say NO to Hazing – This old antiquated tradition is being restricted at many universities due to the horrific injuries and deaths that many students have succumb to during this ritual. But there are many fraternities that still engage in this. Please speak with your children and let them know that no sorority is worth losing their life, becoming severely injured or humiliated. Use their best judgement.
- Do Not Succumb to Peer Pressure – Students will face many new situations, and without parents readily available to guide them, they are on their own to make decisions. It’s simple, any decision they make should be measured by if a parent would make the same decision.
- Do NOT Binge Drink – Too many students have died from alcohol poisoning, or have become brain damaged. This is not something to fool around with, and discussing this serious issue with your children could save a life.
- Always Use the Buddy System – Never go out alone. And never go to a party alone. And NEVER go home with a stranger alone. Always go out in a group of friends for better safety. It is better to be with friends that will watch out for one another.
When an accident occurs at an on-campus fraternity or sorority, on-campus housing, or during a university sponsored event, many families question where they can turn for help and what rights they have when an accident occurs.
Attempting to recover damages from the incident can be stressful and time-consuming and you need someone by your side that knows how to fight for your rights every step of the way while allowing you time to recover.
If a loved one has died or suffered a catastrophic injury either on-campus or off-campus, don’t suffer silently, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
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Don’t Delay, Call Gauthier Amedee Today.October 19th, 2017