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Fraternity charter pulled after University of Kentucky death

December 22, 2021 GMT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky said it has found no criminal wrongdoing directly related to the death of a fraternity member in October but has found illegal activity involving identification cards as well as violations of university policy.

Based on two university investigations, the National FarmHouse Chapter revoked the charter of the UK FarmHouse chapter, and UK revoked the fraternity’s status for at least four years, according to a statement from the university.

The investigations by the university’s police and office of student conduct began after the death of Thomas “Lofton” Hazelwood, 18, of Henderson, a new member of the FarmHouse Fraternity, at the fraternity house.

Earlier this month, a coroner concluded that alcohol toxicity caused Hazelwood’s death and classified the death as an accidental overdose. The coroner’s report said no criminal charges would be filed.

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The university said fraternity members purchased fraudulent identification cards, which is illegal. The investigations also found that apart from Hazelwood’s death, there were violations of university and student conduct guidelines, including hazing, underage drinking and misuse of alcohol, and failure to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The university suspended all activities for the fraternity after Hazelwood’s death and halted all pledge activities for fraternities on campus.

The investigations continue, but UK said significant changes are not expected.