PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) — Alumni of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity filed a lawsuit towards Stanford College accusing directors of “arbitrarily punishing the group” after some of the fraternity’s contributors died from a drug overdose.
Stanford College imposed a six-year suspension on fraternity TDX based on the demise of freshman Eitan Michael Weiner.
“In its 130-year historical past, Stanford College hasn’t ever enacted this kind of draconian measure towards one in every of its student-led organizations,” lawyer Mark Hathaway stated. “They’ve essentially violated the rights of Theta Delta Chi contributors and alumni, and in doing so, have now not simplest suspended the fraternity from campus with out reason, however they have got additionally arbitrarily and unjustly tarnished the recognition of the group.”
Arranged as #SaveStanfordTDX, the alumni staff contends that Stanford suspended TDX in an try to shift blame for Weiner’s demise clear of the college.
The nineteen-year-old pupil overdosed from fentanyl-laced Percocet on Jan. 15, 2020 throughout the fraternity area and survived. Two days later, Weiner overdosed once more with counterfeit Percocet tablets within the fraternity’s toilet. His 2d overdose used to be deadly.
No legal fees have been filed towards any individual related to TDX, in keeping with the alumni’s lawsuit.
Weiner’s good friend, Matthew Chippie, pleaded no contest for his function in promoting medicine to 4 TDX contributors, together with Weiner.
Previous this yr, Weiner’s folks filed a wrongful demise civil lawsuit towards Stanford College and the fraternity.
There used to be blood on the toilet stall indicating that he hit his head and collapsed. His frame used to be now not discovered till a janitor went throughout the fraternity’s toilet, in keeping with the wrongful demise lawsuit.
“Even supposing Eitan’s frame lay simply few ft away, now not one in every of his roommates, let on my own any individual else on this busy area, sounded an alarm,” the wrongful demise lawsuit states.
The Weiner circle of relatives’s lawsuit blasted the distinguished non-public college for allegedly having a “primary drug downside on campus.”
“If Stanford had got rid of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity from campus within the face of constant violations of the college’s insurance policies faster, as an alternative of pandering to donors and different events, Eitan would nonetheless be alive,” the wrongful demise lawsuit states.
Weiner used to be a part of a quintessential Stanford College circle of relatives. His folks are each professors who paintings at Stanford, and his sister graduated from the college in 2019.
TDX alumni say the fraternity didn’t deserve a six-year ban from campus and the sanctions reveal a “gross abuse of administrator authority.”
Hathaway stated, “Stanford directors have taken an more and more interventionist function within the lives of scholars and feature used this tragic demise within the Stanford group as an excuse to take a look at to spoil some other conventional Stanford group whom they ideologically oppose.”