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HIGH POINT, N.C. — The family of a deceased High Point University student has refiled a lawsuit alleging he died as a result of fraternity hazing, according to The Greensboro News & Record.

Robert Eugene Tipton Jr., 22, was found unresponsive in an off-campus apartment on March 26, 2012, and pronounced dead later that day at High Point Regional Hospital. He was pledging Delta Sigma Phi at the time.

The fraternity, along with the university, and fraternity members Marshall Jefferson and Michael Qubein are defendants in the latest suit. Michael Qubein is the son of university president Nido Qubein. A state Medical Examiner ruled oxymorphone poisoning as the cause of death, and no criminal charges were ever filed.

However, the lawsuit alleges Tipton was “violently” assaulted and battered, and suffered blunt force trauma to the head, resulting in his death. Tipton’s family originally filed suit last year, but in August asked for the suit to be dismissed, so they could appeal a judge’s earlier ruling removing High Point University and the school’s security director Jeffrey Karpovich as defendants. The entire suit had to be dismissed for the family to be able to pursue an appeal.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record