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Settlement Reached in Rider University Hazing Case

The family of Gary L. DeVercelly, Jr. has reached a settlement of their lawsuit against Rider University and certain of its employees resulting from their son’s death at Rider University. Gary died from acute alcohol poisoning during a fraternity hazing ritual on March 30, 2007. His death resulted from a fraternity Big Brother – Little Brother initiation ritual where pledges were introduced to their big brother’s and so-called “family drink,” and compelled to consume intoxicating amounts of that alcohol as signs of brotherhood and fraternity loyalty.

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