Virginia Commonwealth College pays $995,000 to the household of Adam Oakes, who died final yr in a hazing incident, the Related Press reported.
The settlement additionally requires the college to make further adjustments to its fraternity and sorority life to discourage hazing. Sooner or later, VCU college students should full 12 credit score hours earlier than becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority.
“It is a blueprint to foster a safer and more healthy neighborhood for college kids who’re a part of fraternities and sororities and to create a local weather of respect and inclusion that’s wanted for educational success,” stated a joint assertion of the college and the household.
Oakes, 19, had obtained a bid to the Delta Chi fraternity, was advised to drink a big bottle of whiskey in February 2021. The freshman was discovered lifeless the following morning.