A month after Roswell student’s death, LSU OKs Greek parties with alcohol

Max Gruver
Max Gruver

One month after a Louisiana State University freshman from Roswell died after a suspected hazing incident involving alcohol, the school has allowed Greek parties with alcohol again, according to a report.

Fraternities and sororities were allowed to participate in on- and off-campus parties, including house parties, exchanges and formals, where alcohol was served, the Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., reported. Students in the fraternities and sororities had to attend risk management training in order to participate.

Gruver, 18, died Sept. 14 from acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.

He had an alcohol level of .495 percent — more than six times the legal limit for drivers — when he died, the coroner’s office said. The suspected hazing happened at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house, according to investigators.

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Ten students — eight current and two former — have been charged with hazing. One student, Matthew Alexander Naquin, was also charged with negligent homicide, according to the university.

LSU on Monday hosted the first meeting of an 11-member task force that was formed to review policies governing Greek life, the newspaper reported. The task force will make recommendations to root out dangerous behavior.

LSU President F. King Alexander said security and policies governing social events have been tightened and students have been put on notice.

“They know they’re on notice,” Alexander said in an interview Monday. “We want them to know we’re watching them carefully.”

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