Former officers say frat brothers treated differently in HPU lawsuit

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Affidavit reports in the lawsuit against High Point University and a list of other state members of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and Dr. Nido Qubein’s son “were to be treated differently than other students.”

Three former High Point University security officers stated in the wrongful death lawsuit that they witnessed several keg parties, drug and alcohol use and physical fights but were instructed not file charges. All security officers said any issue was to be referred to student life.

In one account a former security officer stated, “On two occasions, I witnessed a physical fight involving Qubein. One occurred out front of the Delta Sig fraternity house during my employment. On that occasion there were several Delta Sig beating up a young man in the street out front. … I informed Student Life and my supervisors of this incident. Nothing was done to my knowledge. At times I tried to reason with some of the fraternity members who were more sober in an effort to keep the violence down. I was later told by Mr. Karpovich that I should not do this and should not even get out of the car.”

Jeffery Karpovich is the current Security and Transportation director on the defendant list in the lawsuit.

Along with Karpovich are Michael Qubein, Marshal Jefferson and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.

FOX8 asked High Point University about the alleged special treatment for the fraternity members and Dr. Qubein’s son and received this statement:

“While we cannot speak to specific details related to ongoing litigation, it is important to note that every student at HPU is treated with equal respect and responsibility. High Point University takes the safety of its students very seriously and is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment. A variety of organizations, including the Office of Student Life and Campus Security, are responsible for assuring the safety of students on campus, and maintain the policies articulated in the Guide to Student Life, which is available online and provided to every student at High Point University.”

22-year-old Robert Tipton Jr. was found unresponsive in the off campus apartment of fraternity brother Marshall Jefferson on March 26, 2012.

9 comments

  • HPU_Grad

    This is not knew, a kid was just “dumped” out by the street by his “friends” with blood alcohol poison the other week. It did not make news anywhere.

  • Mark Stabler

    Failing to make charges is a common practice on most University campuses. All laws, including underage drinking, drug use, drug sales, drug possession, assault and sexual assaults should be tried in a court of law and not by fellow students. The law should apply to everyone equally. Law Enforcement officers should be free to make appropriate charges without checking to see how wired some student might be. These are young adults that should face the same consequences another young adult in the work place would face.

  • Paul

    Although there are exceptions, the majority of these frat “brothers” basically pay for fellowship and so-called friendship. It’s a big joke.

    • Tdk2526

      You are the type that hates everything. There are very few things left in high point. You probably hate the furniture market too. You are what’s wrong with the economy. If you’re not getting some sort of hand out you don’t like it. Get a job and get over your self. I see you on here commenting on every article. Constant negativity.

      • FaithC

        No the market keeps this hole of a town afloat. The University is private with the majority if not all its revenue going back in its own pockets. Tax breaks are all it gets from our city, oh yeah and streets which the citizens have paid for with their tax money. Btw I hate you.

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