TCU placed a fraternity on probation after a hazing investigation revealed that students involved in a car crash last November had been sent by the chapter to steal property from another school.
Lambda Chi Alpha will be on probation through December 2021, according to the annual memorandum sent to all students by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Russel.
A description of the violation in the memo said new members of the chapter were “compelled to steal a rival school’s property.”
Chapter representatives and the national office of Lambda Chi Alpha did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The inquiry into hazing began after reports of a one-vehicle crash outside of Lubbock, Texas on the morning of Nov. 5. All four people in the vehicle were TCU students, according to the university.
One of the students, Joe Radanovich, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock after the car flipped four to six times, according to the Texas Department of Transportation crash report for the accident.
Radanovich suffered punctured lungs and two fractured vertebrae.
The driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel while going eastbound on U.S. Route 84, according to the investigating officer. The car entered the left lane and then the left median before skidding.
The driver then tried to correct back right and skidded across the right lane before ending up on the right shoulder and beginning to flip.
One passenger had to receive pelvic surgery. The driver and one other passenger in the truck were not seriously injured.
The chapter will be required to complete an eleven-point action plan during their probation and implement a “consideration of status” process for members, according to the hazing memorandum.
A spokesperson for TCU said that some members of the chapter may have violated the university’s code of conduct and could face additional violations.
The university also released a statement to TCU 360 on the incident:
“Hazing is a serious violation of TCU’s core values, and the outcome of these activities can have life-changing results for our students. The university cares deeply for the students involved; our priority remains a safe and enriching campus experience for all.”