Hazing Incident At Mizzou Leaves Phi Gamma Delta Pledge Blind

Hanna Puthoff,1 Fraternal Law Partners, hanna.puthoff@manleyburke.com In October 2021, Daniel Santulli was pledging the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at the University of Missouri when he wound up in a hospital with a blood alcohol level of 0.486. The 19-year-old from...
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Hazing Legislation and Case Updates  

Timothy M. Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Unfortunately, there continues to be a need for additional hazing legislation and lawmakers are listening. On March 30, 2022, Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee signed into law the “Sam’s Law.” It is named...
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Kentucky Passes Campus Due Process Protection Act 

Jacob W. Purcell, Fraternal Law Partners, jacob.purcell @manleyburke.com Gracie Woodyard,1 Fraternal Law Partners, gracie.woodyard@manleyburke.com On April 8, 2022, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed the Kentucky Campus Due Process Protection Act2(the “Act”) into law. The Act provides Kentucky students and registered...
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IRS Update: New Electronic Requirements and Developments

Amy M. Hebbeler, Fraternal Law Partners, amy.hebbeler@manleyburke.com Patrick K. Hogan, Fraternal Law Partners, phogan@manleyburke.com The pandemic and labor shortage has compelled organizations to explore virtual options for various operations. The Internal Revenue Service is not an exception. As more filings...
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Eighth Circuit: No Liability Due to “Efficient Intervening Causes ”

Hanna Puthoff,1 Fraternal Law Partners, hanna.puthoff@manleyburke.com Christopher Wheeler was a Creighton University student participating in the rush and initiation activities of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity when he entered Teresa Spagna’s dorm room and slashed her throat with a pocketknife. Phi...
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Lawsuit Filed against Western Kentucky University and Various Fraternal Defendants: Potential Effects on National and Chapter Liability

 Haellie Gordon, [1] Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com On February 7, 2022, Emily Thurman, a student at Western Kentucky University (“WKU”) and member of the Kappa Delta Sorority, filed a complaint in the Warren Circuit Court of Kentucky. The named defendants...
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Pennsylvania Federal District Court Dismisses Case Regarding Hazing

Timothy M. Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com A Federal District Court in Pennsylvania dismissed a case[1] against Bucknell University, essentially finding that the University had no duty to prevent a fraternity hazing incident that resulted in alcohol poisoning and a...
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High Profile Suicide Raises Concerns About University Discipline and Student Mental Health

Micah E. Kamrass, Fraternal Law Partners, MKamrass@Manleyburke.com On March 1, 2022, Katie Meyer was found dead in her on-campus residence at Stanford University. She was twenty-two (22) years old. Meyer was the championship-winning Goalie and Captain of the Stanford Women’s...
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Virginia Poised to Adopt New Anti-Hazing Law, The Adam Oakes Law

Timothy M. Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com Adam Oakes died on February 27, 2021, of alcohol poisoning resulting from a hazing incident at a Virginia Commonwealth University fraternity. A year later, he joins Timothy Piazza in Pennsylvania, Max Gruver in...
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Third Circuit Finds University Owed Student Title IX Protection Against Non-Student Offender

 Haellie Gordon, [1] Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com [1] Haellie Gordon is a law clerk at Manley Burke and is a first-year law student at the University of Cincinnati.             Back in March 2017, David Westol wrote about a Title IX...
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