Hazing Deaths Since 2000 – Updated January 2015

Updated in January 2015 to include deaths in 2014 – This list covers college hazing/pledging deaths since 2000. Using information from Hank Nuwer’s list of hazing deaths, and my own review, there are now 57 entries for a college student’s death from hazing/pledging since we moved into the 2000s. This list does not include any info from 2015.

Of those 57 deaths:

  • Four have been from Asian/Asian-Interest Fraternities.
  • Six have come from National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters.
  • 11 are from unrecognized/suspended/local/sub-rosa groups.
  • Two are non-fraternity/sorority related.
  • 34 come from 20 different NIC member fraternities.
  • Five women have died, 52 men.
  • Four incidents have resulted in two deaths, one incident had four deaths.
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Theta Chi have each had three deaths at three different campuses.
  • California State-Chico has had three deaths from three different incidents.
  • November (13) and February (9) are the deadliest times of the year.

Here are some details. You can check for additional information on Hank Nuwer’s list, or check my post on Deaths in 2014.

Non-Fraternity/Sorority (2)

Minnesota-Duluth Rugby
Florida A&M Band

Asian Fraternities (NAPA) (4)

Lambda Phi Epsilon

  • San Francisco State
  • UC-Irvine
  • Texas

Pi Delta Psi

  • Baruch College

NIC Member Fraternities (34)

Alpha Sigma Phi

  • Texas Tech University

Alpha Tau Omega

  • University of Georgia

Chi Psi

  • Colorado

Delta Kappa Epsilon

  • Yale (4)

Delta Tau Delta

  • Wabash College
  • Northern Colorado

FarmHouse

  • Nebraska – Lincoln

Kappa Sigma

  • University of Miami

Phi Kappa Tau

  • Bradley University
  • Rider University

Phi Sigma Kappa

  • Maryland
  • Penn State – Altoona

Pi Kappa Alpha

  • Nevada – Reno
  • Northern Illinois

Pi Kappa Phi

  • California State – Chico
  • California State – Northridge

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

  • Texas
  • Cal Poly
  • Cornell

Sigma Alpha Mu

  • Delaware

Sigma Chi

  • Oklahoma

Sigma Nu

  • Utah State

Sigma Phi Epsilon

  • Clemson

Sigma Pi

  • California State – Chico

Tau Kappa Epsilon

  • San Diego State (2)
  • Radford University

Theta Chi

  • Indiana University
  • Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • Fresno State

Zeta Beta Tau

  • Alfred University

NPHC Fraternities/Sororities (6)

Alpha Kappa Alpha

  • California State – Los Angeles (2)

Delta Sigma Theta

  • East Carolina University (2)

Omega Psi Phi

  • Tennessee State

Phi Beta Sigma

  • Prairie View A&M

Unrecognized/Local/Sub Rosa/etc. (11)

Chi Tau

  • California State – Chico

Delta Gamma Iota

  • Vincennes University

Kappa Delta Rho

  • Lafayette College

Kappa Phi Theta

  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Kappa Sigma (recently closed chapter)

  • West Virginia University

Men of Honor

  • Virginia State (2)

PIGS Drinking Club

  • SUNY – Geneseo

Psi Epsilon Chi

  • SUNY – Plattsburgh

Sigma Kappa Omega Sorority

  • Plymouth State (NH)

Underground ZBT

  • SUNY – Albany

Summary by Year

  • 2000 – 2
  • 2001 – 4
  • 2002 – 7
  • 2003 – 8
  • 2004 – 2
  • 2005 – 3
  • 2006 – 1
  • 2007 – 1
  • 2008 – 5
  • 2009 – 2
  • 2010 – 3
  • 2011 – 3
  • 2012 – 5
  • 2013 – 4
  • 2014 – 7

Summary by Month

  • January – 5
  • February – 9
  • March – 4
  • April – 5
  • May – 1
  • July – 1
  • August – 3
  • September – 7
  • October – 6
  • November – 13
  • December – 3
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5 Responses to Hazing Deaths Since 2000 – Updated January 2015

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  3. MCGEE says:

    Pretty damn sad you need to be beaten, humiliated and embarrassed. So, so sad and worst part is you may die.

  4. Kie says:

    Really really

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