U.S. : Family sues fraternity for $28 million over Pledge’s botched death

The fam­i­ly of a Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­si­ty Fra­ter­ni­ty mem­ber who died of alco­hol poi­son­ing in the 2021 Haji­ki has sued the Fra­ter­ni­ty for $28 million.

A police inves­ti­ga­tion found that 19-year-old Adam Oakes, who was under bid to join the Deltakai Fra­ter­ni­ty, was told to drink a large bot­tle of whiskey in Feb­ru­ary 2021.

The Loudoun Coun­ty fresh­man was found dead the next morn­ing. The chief med­ical exam­in­er ruled Oakes’ cause of death to be alco­hol poisoning.

Court­ney White, Ms. Oakes’ cousin, filed a wrong­ful death law­suit Mon­day against the Deltakai Fra­ter­ni­ty, the Deltakai Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, and the Deltakai chap­ter of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia, the Rich­mond Times Dis­patch reported.

Six fra­ter­nal mem­bers were found guilty, or plead­ed guilty, to mis­de­meanor mis­de­meanor debauch­ery or serv­ing alco­hol to minors. No one was impris­oned. Charges against five oth­er mem­bers were dropped.

VCU expelled Deltakai in June 2021 and set­tled with the Oakes fam­i­ly for about $1 mil­lion in September.

“Too many times fam­i­lies like ours have lost sons and daugh­ters to these sense­less and dan­ger­ous haze rit­u­als,” the Oakes fam­i­ly said in a state­ment. “Our hope is that we, and all oth­er fam­i­lies affect­ed by Hajimete, look for­ward to the day when such sense­less deaths no longer occur.”

Asked by The New York Times in 2021 about Delta Chi’s pol­i­cy on hag­ging, a spokesper­son point­ed to the orga­ni­za­tion’s risk man­age­ment pol­i­cy and pro­hib­it­ed mem­bers from con­duct­ing, par­tic­i­pat­ing in, or autho­riz­ing hag­ging activ­i­ties. made it clear that there is

“The per­mis­sion or approval of a los­er is not a defense,” the pol­i­cy reported.

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