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Liberty Insurance refuses to pay after hazing death

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According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, the insurance company Liberty Corporate Capital claims that it does not cover the Cal Poly SAE members but only the national organization.

Furthermore, says Liberty, there are specific exemptions in the insurance policy that enable the company to escape having to pay, namely hazing and underage drinking.

As such, the company is asking the court to declare that the chapter and its members are not insured under the policy and are excluded under the hazing and underage drinking provisions.

Two of the students who were involved with the event the night Starkey died have since pleaded no contest to hazing and were sentenced to probation and less than four moths in jail.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of 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 new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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