Family of deceased student sues HPU, alleges fraternity hazing

High Point University

High Point University

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The family of a fraternity pledge who died in 2012 is suing High Point University, claiming that hazing led to his death.

The Greensboro News & Record reported that the family of 22-year-old Robert Eugene Tipton Jr. filed the suit on Wednesday.

The Memphis, Tenn. native died on March 26, 2012. He tried pledging Delta Sigma Phi in the spring of 2012.

Tipton was allegedly told to attend a “counseling session” at the apartment of fraternity member Marshall Jefferson on March 25.

Jefferson is accused of violently assaulting and battering Tipton, who suffered blunt force trauma to the head, resulting in his death, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also alleges that the son of university president Nido Qubein was among the instigators of the alleged hazing.

High Point University released the following statement on the issue:

“The University has been informed of a lawsuit regarding the off-campus death of Robert Tipton occurring nearly two years ago.  We remain saddened by the loss of Robert.

The University believes the lawsuit against it is unfounded and will defend itself in this litigation.

As a lawsuit is now pending, it is not appropriate for the University to make additional comment.”


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