Court Papers Provide Details on SUNY-Albany Fraternity Death from November

The Times Union newspaper has an article with details surrounding the death of Trevor Duffy at SUNY-Albany in November. It indicates that the cause of death was alcohol poisoning, and that Duffy had consumed a 60 ounce bottle of Vodka the night he was found unconscious. He died two days later. The documents were filed is support of an appeal by two students who had been expelled from the University, and were seeking to be readmitted. A total of 24 students were sanctioned (not all expelled), and the University determined that hazing was the cause of death.

The article also covers the nature of the underground fraternity. It had evolved from an earlier chapter of Zeta Phi Beta that had been closed in 1997, yet continued to operate underground, and call themselves ZBT. A recognized chapter of Zeta Beta Tau was returned to the college in 2011, and some of the students indicated confusion with two groups operating with the same name. The recognized chapter has no connection to the underground group.

The article also covers other examples of hazing within the group. Duffy’s family has indicated that they will be bringing a civil lawsuit against the University, its board of trustees, the city, and others.


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