High Point University, school security director dismissed from wrongful death suit
GREENSBORO, N.C. —The High Point University’s director of security Jeffrey A. Karpovich, along with HPU, have both been dismissed from the wrongful death suit brought by the family of Robert Eugene Tipton, Jr.
Superior Court Judge Susan Bray dismissed both civil cases against Karpovich and High Point University Wednesday.
Greensboro Attorney Drew Brown, who represents Tipton’s mother, confirmed the news on Wednesday. He said Tipton plans to appeal.
Litigation continues and no trial date has been set.
High Point University has not issued a statement on Wednesday:
“We are gratified by the Court’s decision to dismiss the case against High Point University and our Director of Security, Jeff Karpovich. We take the safety of our students very seriously and are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment. Robert Tipton’s death at an off-campus residence was tragic, and we are sorry for his loss, but we strongly rejected the basis of the lawsuit.”
The suit alleged Tipton, 22, died as a result of a violent fraternity hazing incident. He was found unresponsive in an off-campus apartment on March 25, 2012 and later died at High Point Regional Hospital.