What we know about Lofton Hazelwood, the 18-year-old found dead inside fraternity house

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University of Kentucky community searching for answers a day later 18 year old fresher died In a fraternity home on the school’s Lexington campus.

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The student, identified as 18-year-old Thomas “Lofton” Hazlewood, was found dead at the farmhouse fraternity’s home on Monday, and likely died of alcohol poisoning, according to officials.

However, UK President Eli Capillotto and Student Success Vice President Kirsten Turner said in a message to the campus community that Hazlewood’s death is under investigation.

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In addition, news of Hazlewood’s death has restarted conversations around college campuses, primarily in Greek life, as well as if alcohol consumption is an issue on campus.

Here’s what we know so far:

Status of investigation into death of UK student

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UK spokesman Jay Blanton said there was “no suspicion of error” in Hazlewood’s death, but police were investigating the circumstances of his death.

“The UK Police Department was called at approximately 6:22 pm on Monday about a report of an unresponsive student in the farmhouse fraternity,” Blanton told The Courier Journal in an email. “The student was taken to UK Healthcare’s Chandler Hospital. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead on (Monday) evening.”

A preliminary report from the Fayette County Coroner’s Office said Hazlewood’s cause of death, pending further investigation, “is believed to be alcohol poisoning.” The time of his death was listed as 7:06 pm on Monday, and the manner was listed as an “accident”.

Capilouto and Turner sent a message Tuesday night to the campus community about the “tragic loss” of Hazlewood.

The message said, “First of all, two investigations have been launched by the university. UK Police have already started their investigation and are in the process of interviewing people. The UK Office of Student Conduct has also started a review.” given.”

Once completed, the message added, “both of these investigations will be made public, including any findings and recommendations, subject to modifications necessary to protect students’ privacy.”

“But we will understand better what happened and we will communicate with Laughton’s family and our university family,” the message said. “Third, as of today, the university has suspended all activities for the farmhouse fraternity while these investigations are ongoing. The focus of the chapter – and of the university officials involved in this review – is to understand what happened and find answers. need to focus on.”

Who was Lofton Hazlewood?

Henderson native Thomas “Lofton” Hazlewood, 18, was identified by the Fayette County coroner’s office as the student who had died.

Hazlewood was Kentucky Kernel Told, is a first year student of Agricultural Economics in the UK. In a statement, the CEO of his fraternity referred to him as a “new member.”

Family members told Lexington media outlets He was the youngest of four siblings and became interested in agriculture after taking a summer job on a farm. He graduated from Henderson High School, The Gleaner told, where he played on the golf team.

What is Farmhouse Fraternity?

NS farmhouse fraternity is a Greek organization founded in 1905 by students at the University of Missouri. It was created by male students studying agriculture with the aim of “creation of the whole man through fourfold evolution: intellectually, spiritually, socially/morally and physically”.

The fraternity has been on the UK campus since 1951, and it is one of the 20 “Social Fraternity” – An organization governed by the School’s Interfraternity Council on campus.

Farmhouse has a total of 48 chapters on its US and Canadian campuses.

Is hedging a problem at the University of Kentucky?

The nature of Hazlewood’s death has raised questions about whether hedging – abuse of someone in an organization by other members, often as an initiation – is at play.

Hedging is commonly associated with “Greek life” and has been cited in other cases of alcohol-related deaths on college campuses.

UK code of conduct Defines hedging as “any action or position undertaken by a member of the university community against any other member of the university community for the purpose of affiliation with any group or organization that: (a) is negligent or reckless in nature; (b) is abusive or puts any person in danger; or (c) unreasonably interferes with educational or employment activities.”

The Code of Conduct cites “the forced consumption of food, alcohol, or drugs or other controlled substances” as an example of the behavior.

Individuals cited for hedging could face punishment ranging from “warning to disciplinary expulsion” and organizations could face “suspension or ban from university property or revocation of registered student organization status”.

The UK’s code of conduct states, “Violators of this policy are subject to referral for action or prosecution to the appropriate law enforcement or university services as well as to regional and national affiliated offices for groups and organisations.”

According to publicly available records, 10 student organizations on UK campus are currently facing “disciplinary probation” or “revocation of registered student organization status”. All of those groups have been accused of either hedging, “abuse of alcohol” and/or “threatening harm and harm”.

The farmhouse fraternity is not listed as facing any disciplinary penalties.

Does the University of Kentucky have a drinking problem?

Hazlewood’s death has also raised questions about alcohol consumption among college students.

According to Latest Cleary Report of the School – Review of crime statistics and security efforts federally funded universities are legally required to release each year – Three “alcohol law arrests” were made on or near the UK’s main campus in 2020.

According to the report, around 700 “liquor law violations” in or near the main campus were “referred to for disciplinary action” in 2020. This is down from 2019, which saw 822 cases, but up from the 627 reported in 2018.

More fraternity screened across the country

The University of Missouri temporarily suspended all fraternity activities after a freshman was found unresponsive at a frat house early Wednesday.

The student was taken to the hospital due to concerns of alcohol poisoning.

The decision comes as more universities across the country have been scrutinized over allegations of hedging and alcohol abuse in recent years.

As ABC-17 reports, in 2017, the fraternity was sued by the family of a freshman University of Missouri student who claimed he was smuggled and forced to drink, which led to The wine had become poisonous. Another fraternity was investigated a year earlier over allegations of members using racial slurs.

Contribution: Selina Tebor, USA Today; Billy Cobin, Louisville Courier-Journal

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