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Brockport student says he was hazed

Paralyzed SUNY Brockport student sues landlord
Staff Writer

A former SUNY Brockport freshman, left paralyzed after he fell from a second-story window at an off-campus party, is suing the landlord of a rooming house called the Roxbury.

Last September, Bryan Parslow fell from a bathroom window of the frat house which is not recognized by the college.

The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court claims the party was part of a hazing process for pledges. It accuses the property owner of not installing a window screen which might have prevented the fall.

It also accuses 23 students, along with the national and local chapter of the Sigma Alpha Fraternity of supplying alcohol to Parslow and encouraging him to drink.

In December, Brockport Police arrested seven students, also named in this current lawsuit, but they only faced alcohol-related charges.

The landlord had no comment.

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By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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