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Today’s Frat Suspension: Phi Delta Theta Banned From LSU For Next 15 Years

Following the September death of Max Gruver, the fraternity is facing an uncertain future.

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Following the September 2017 hazing death of freshman Max Gruver, Lousiana State University has banned Phi Delta Theta fraternity until 2033 at the earliest. The charter of the fraternity was already removed by the Phi Delta Theta nationals shortly after the event occurred, and now the fraternity is officially off campus.

Gruver died after being forced to chug 190-proof liquor while participating in a hazing event called “Bible Study.” The pledges were forced to chug the liquor whenever they answered a question wrong about the history of the fraternity. This activity resulted in a blood alcohol content level of 0.495 for Gruver at the time of his death. His parents are now working to try and prevent anything like this happening to other young college students in the future.

Lousiana State University has said that Phi Delta Theta is not allowed to sponsor or participate in any on-campus activities, nor are they allowed to recruit or initiate new members. The university also stated that if the fraternity tried to exist as an underground organization that the ban may be extended. Furthermore, back in February, LSU’s President, F. King Alexander announced that anyone who participated in hazing in any form will be suspended from the university, and the organization they are involved with will be banned from campus.

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Caitlin Wills is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She has written for various websites including The Odyssey Online and The Tempest, and currently writes album reviews for MXDWN. She is also an avid fiction writer and is working on writing a novel. Follow her on Twitter @caitlinjherrera.

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