University of Kentucky Implements New Fraternity Restrictions After Student's Death

The University of Kentucky says it's taking action to ensure the health and well-being of its students.

Posted: Oct 21, 2021 11:30 AM
Updated: Oct 22, 2021 8:26 AM

The University of Kentucky has announced new restrictions on its fraternities after the death of a student earlier this week.

As we first reported on Tuesday,  18-year-old Thomas "Lofton" Hazelwood of Henderson, Kentucky, was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive at the FarmHouse Fraternity.

The coroner's report said Hazelwood's death was accidental and identified the cause as presumed alcohol toxicity, pending investigation.

Now, the University says it's suspending activities of new members of Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters indefinitely. That includes all social, educational, and formal interactions between new and returning members of the organization or chapter, according to UK. This also includes official or unofficial new member events hosted by a chapter.

UK also says it's requiring new training for all IFC chapter members that will focus on "bystander intervention" and an additional course around hazing prevention and university expectations.

"These are first steps, but we believe they are important ones in communicating our obligations to our students and their responsibilities to each other and to our community," UK President Eli Capilouto said.

You can read the full statement issued by UK on Thursday morning here.

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