The LSU chapter of Phi Delta Theta will be banned from campus through 2032 after the hazing death of 18-year-old Max Gruver last year, the university announced Wednesday.
LSU rescinded the fraternity’s registration through Dec. 31, 2032, and no request for reinstatement will be considered prior to Jan. 1, 2033, LSU said in a statement.
Gruver died in September after a hazing incident at the fraternity house where he was forced to chug 190-proof liquor. He was pronounced dead the following morning at a hospital. His blood alcohol level was 0.495.
In February, LSU President F. King Alexander announced that LSU students caught hazing will be expelled and the involved fraternities or student organizations will be kicked off campus.
Since the death of LSU fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver in September, the university’s Greek organizations have been under increased scrutiny.
Six students who were arrested for hazing Gruver last September in the Phi Delta Theta house were still currently enrolled at LSU last month. Three of the students were no longer enrolled, LSU confirmed at the time. But an LSU spokesman, citing student privacy laws, would not say whether students were expelled, cleared or still awaiting adjudication.
Last week, an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted one former student with negligent homicide and three others with hazing.
Matthew Alexander Naquin, 20, is accused of negligent homicide, a felony that carries up to five years in prison, while Sean-Paul Gott, 21, Ryan Matthew Isto, 19, and Patrick Andrew Forde, 21, were charged on a misdemeanor hazing count, punishable by up to 30 days in jail.
Gruver's parents are advocating a change to state law that would increase the fines and jail time for hazing charges, especially in the case of death. The anti-hazing bill passed the House Administration of Criminal Justice committee on Wednesday.
Rae Ann and Stephen Gruver will never hear their son Max’s voice again. But if they did, the Gruvers hope he’d express pride in their advocacy…