UK suspends activities of new IFC fraternity members after death

University of Kentucky officials said Thursday they are indefinitely suspending all fraternity pledge activities following the death of a freshman from “suspected alcohol toxicity “. .

The university will also implement training that “will increase awareness and education on the responsibilities of our students with regard to critical issues such as hazing, alcohol consumption and intervention by passers-by,” he said. writes British President Eli Capilouto in an email to students.

The changes are aimed at “ensuring the health and well-being of our students,” he said.

Suspension for new members includes “all social, educational and formal interactions between new members and former members of the organization or chapter. This also includes official or unofficial events for new members organized by a chapter.” , indicates the e-mail.

Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood, who was a new member of the FarmHouse Fraternity, was found unconscious at the fraternity house when British police responded around 6:22 pm Monday.

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He was taken to UK HealthCare’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes after 7 p.m. from “suspected alcohol toxicity,” the County Coroner’s Office said. Fayette.

On Wednesday, the university suspended all activities at FarmHouse, which has been on campus since 1951.

“We are saddened to share the passing of a new member of the FarmHouse Fraternity at the University of Kentucky. Our hearts and prayers are with his family, chapter members and the entire community,” said Christian Wiggins, FarmHouse Fraternity CEO, in a statement. “We have encouraged all members to cooperate with the investigation. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

Hazelwood, 18, was a graduate of Henderson High School in western Kentucky, where he played on the golf team, reported The Gleaner. He was studying agricultural economics.

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