MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – Tufts University has closed a fraternity for one year following a hazing incident in which an intoxicated student lost consciousness and stopped breathing, a school spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The Tufts chapter of Delta Tau Delta already was on probation for alcohol-related violations when the unidentified student was hospitalized Feb. 26 for excessive drinking, according to Tufts spokeswoman Kim Thurler.
Fraternity members called the campus police after the student lost consciousness and stopped breathing. He was revived and has since made a full recovery, according to Thurler.
The student’s excessive drinking was “something the fraternity was encouraging” as part of an apparent hazing ritual, Thurler said.
“It was associated with a pledge event,” she added. “We regard that kind of activity to be a serious hazing incident.”