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.

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