TOLEDO, Ohio – The alcohol-related haze death last month of a Bowling Green State University student has been ruled out as an accident.
The Lucas County Coroner’s office announced Tuesday that Stone Foltz, 20, died of alcohol poisoning after the obscurity incident.
Authorities have said members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity pledged bottles of alcohol on March 4, urging each to complete an entire bottle. They included Foltz, who died three days later.
Foltz, a sophomore who was a business manager, was found unconscious by a roommate after members of the fraternity sent him off to his apartment, according to a lawyer for Foltz̵
The university accused the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity of violating six rules of the Code of Conduct, including causing harm to others, haunting and disturbing order, or violating health and safety with alcohol. It also placed the chapter under temporary suspension.
Alex Solis, the university’s spokesman, told Toledo Blade that during a meeting Tuesday with school administrators, Pi Kappa Alpha representatives “refused to proceed with a hearing” in connection with the allegations. He said more information related to the waiver of the hearing would be released later in the week.
The university accused former U.S. attorney David DeVillers of helping with the investigation.
Foltz’s death inspired a renewed push for increased sanctions for haze in Ohio. Two Republican state senators said in March that they would reintroduce a proposal to make alcohol and drug-related haze a crime if it caused any serious harm.