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Ribbon on tree outside the Kappa Delta sorority house, seen Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 on the LSU campus, is among those displaying gold and white ribbons in remembrance of 18-year-old Phi Delta Theta freshman fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver, whose Sept. 14 death is being investigated as a potential hazing incident.

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette suspended four fraternities in the weeks following the death of an LSU fraternity pledge, according to a report.

UL-Lafayette Dean of Students Margarita Perez confirmed that Theta Xi, Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon were each placed on suspension in mid- to late September, according to a report by The Vermilion, the university’s student newspaper.

Perez told The Vermilion that after the Sept. 14 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, which is being investigated as a possible hazing incident, the university began receiving reports of complaints and conducted a “preliminary investigation” that led the administration to suspend the four fraternities.

“We would get allegations from sources, and then we would kind of look into them enough to know that the allegations had some merit – that it was possible that the allegation could’ve happened,” Perez told the student newspaper.

Perez called the suspensions a “pause” as the university continues to investigate the allegations. She did not give specific reasons for the ongoing investigations into the fraternities, according to The Vermilion. University administrators have begun to reassess the school’s policies on hazing prevention as the investigations continue, she said.

A week after Gruver’s death, Gov. John Bel Edwards asked all of the state’s public colleges and universities to review hazing and substance abuse policies. Two days after the governor’s letter, UL-Lafayette President E. Joseph Savoie said in an email to students that the university would conduct a “comprehensive review” of all Greek organizations, according to The Vermilion.

In July, UL-Lafayette expelled the largest fraternity on campus, Kappa Sigma, for “participating in activities that are inconsistent with the values of the fraternity,” The Vermilion reported.

Gruver, of Roswell, Georgia, was found unresponsive at LSU's Phi Delta Theta house after “a night of drinking,” according to an LSU police report. The investigation into his death has found that he may have been forced to consume alcohol “in excess” during a drinking game, according to search warrants.

Gruver's death elicited a quick response from LSU officials, with a temporary shut down of all campus Greek life activities and an investigation into hazing's connection to the incident.

Read the full report from The Vermilion here