A Virginia college has agreed to pay a virtually $1 million settlement to the household of a 19-year-old scholar who died after a fraternity hazing incident the place he was compelled to drink a big bottle of whiskey.
A Fairfax County decide signed off on the settlement between Virginia Commonwealth College and the household of freshman Adam Oakes — who died of alcohol poisoning after a Delta Chi frat social gathering on Feb. 27, 2021.
Along with the $995,000 fee, the college agreed to implement reforms to fraternity and sorority life, it said in a statement Friday.
These embody a slew of recent measures aimed to cease hazing, equivalent to prohibiting alcohol at Greek life events attended by new members. College students should even have accomplished 12 credit, attend member training and meet different necessities earlier than they will be part of a frat or sorority.
“Nothing can take away the ache of dropping somebody so liked,” the household and faculty stated in a joint assertion, including, “Our settlement honors his reminiscence, and our objective is that it’s going to assist save lives sooner or later.”
VCU designated Feb. 27 as annual hazing prevention day, in addition to a day of remembrance for Oakes — for whom the college will create an on-campus memorial.
“This can be a blueprint to foster a safer and more healthy neighborhood for college students who’re a part of fraternities and sororities and to create a local weather of respect and inclusion that’s wanted for tutorial success,” the assertion stated.
Oakes, who had obtained a bid to hitch Delta Chi, attended the bash the place he was going to be paired with a “massive brother.” He was advised to drink the bottle of liquor as a part of his initiation, and later handed out on a frat home sofa, the place he was discovered lifeless the following morning.
The coroner’s workplace decided his reason for loss of life was alcohol poisoning.
Days after later, the college and the Delta Chi nationwide chapter suspended the native frat, ordering it to stop all actions. The fraternity was finally expelled in June 2021.
In September, eight college students had been additionally arrested and charged with felony hazing over Oakes’ loss of life.
“Adam was a beloved son, grandson, nephew, cousin, scholar and good friend,” the joint assertion from his household and VCU stated. “He had an incredible future forward of him and his mindless loss of life introduced unspeakable ache and tragedy to all who knew him.”
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