BATON ROUGE, LA (PPN) –LSU released a statement from the Division of Student Affairs, that it has banned Phi Delta Theta fraternity from its campus until Dec. 31, 2032. The school will allow the fraternity to reapply for admittance in 2033.
Gruver died back in September while pledging at the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity house. His death was attributed to hazing in which he drank an excessive amount of alcohol. According to The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s office, an autopsy showed Gruver’s blood-alcohol level was.495 at the time of his death, which is more than six times the legal limit.
Ten people were charged in connection with the hazing incident. The following individuals were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
- Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, TX (charges of hazing and negligent homicide)
- Zachary Castillo, (charge of hazing)
- Elliott Eaton, 20, of New Orleans, La (charge of hazing)
- Patrick Forde, 20, Westwood, MA (charge of hazing)
- Sean Paul Gott, 21, of Lafayette, La (charge of hazing)
- Zachary Hall, 21, of Charlotte, NC (charge of hazing)
- Ryan Isto, 18, of Canada, (charge of hazing)
- Hudson Kirkpatrick, 19, of Baton Rouge, La (charge of hazing)
- Sean Pennison, 21, of Mandeville, La (charge of hazing)
- Nicholas Taulli, 19, of Cypress, TX (charge of hazing)
Eight of the ten were currently enrolled as students at LSU at the time of the incident. Gott and Forde were not enrolled at that time.
Months after the death of Max Gruver, hazing became a national focal point in which lawmakers were forced to revisit the current hazing laws.
On March 21, 2018, parents of Max Gruver testified before the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice, asking that a bill pass boosting penalties for hazing; the bill makes hazing a felony.
Under the bill, those convicted of hazing could face up to five years in jail and fines of up $10,000. Currently, a hazing conviction is a misdemeanor offense.