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BGSU fraternity declines to move forward with hearing after university charges

The university had levied six conduct charges against Pi Kappa Alpha.
University officials stating an alleged hazing activity involving alcohol consumption at a Pi...
University officials stating an alleged hazing activity involving alcohol consumption at a Pi Kappa Alpha off-campus event took place on March 4(Jack Bassett)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 9:01 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 4:53 PM EDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - Pi Kappa Alpha has declined to move forward with a hearing after meeting with university leaders on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for Bowling Green State University. That meeting came on the heels of a Friday announcement that the university was levying six conduct charges against the fraternity following the death of Stone Foltz during an alleged hazing incident in March.

Foltz, a sophomore, died March 7 after his organs were removed for donation. He had been found unconscious at his apartment three days prior after attending an off-campus event with the fraternity. A lawyer for the family told 13abc that Foltz’s blood-alcohol level was 0.394, nearly five times the legal limit in Ohio. The fraternity has been on interim suspension since March 5.

The charges against Pi Kappa Alpha include:

  • Offenses Against Persons – Harm to Others
  • Offenses Against Persons – Hazing
  • Offenses Against Persons – Hazing
  • Offenses Against Persons – Hazing
  • Offenses Against Persons – Hazing
  • Offenses Disrupting Order or Disregarding Health and Safety – Organization Alcohol

Exactly what declining the hearing means for the fraternity is currently unclear. The university spokesperson said additional information would be released at a later date.

Stone Foltz, 20, died after an alleged hazing incident at an off-campus event.
Stone Foltz, 20, died after an alleged hazing incident at an off-campus event.(WTVG)

“While these University charges don’t bring back student Stone Foltz, our goal is to hold those accountable who are responsible for this tragedy,” Alex Solis, deputy chief of staff and University spokesperson, said in a statement.

According to an email sent to staff and students on Friday morning, BGSU met with national and local leaders of the fraternity. The university has also been working with special counsel David DeVillers, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio at the firm of Barnes & Thornburg, “to pursue a thorough and fair investigation to seek the truth and facts regarding the alleged hazing activity on March 4.”

The case involved PIKE is scheduled to be adjudicated by April 13. Conduct processes involving individual students also remain ongoing, according to the university.

The attorney for the Foltz family released the following statement on Friday:

BGSU has suspended all new member intake and on- and off-campus social events of all Greek organizations, while launching, “a full inquiry into each Greek chapter’s prevention and compliance responsibilities under University policies prohibiting hazing.”

“BGSU has also instituted additional measures to provide for a safe restart and recommit plan for its Greek chapters to resume operations, including a zero-tolerance hazing approach. While these are positive steps for our Greek community, I applaud the effort of the executive board of the Interfraternity Council, who unanimously decided on Wednesday night to cease the new member processes of their 17 chapters for the remainder of this semester. Their spring 2021 new member processes are being deferred to fall 2021,” a university statement said in part.

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