Seven people have been charged and a fraternity has been suspended after an investigation into the death of a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
UNL police arrested four members of the Farmhouse Fraternity and issued citations to three others in connection with the death of 18-year-old Clayton Real in early September.
In response to the investigation, university officials announced it has suspended the Farmhouse fraternity chapter at UNL.
“We have taken appropriate action, given the seriousness of the matter,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco said in a written statement released by the university. “We have suspended this chapter.”
The indefinite suspension takes effect immediately. Freshman members of Farmhouse will not be allowed to reside in the fraternity house at 3601 Apple St., but will have to live in the dorms.
UNL police report alcohol flowed freely at a September 4th “frosh” party at 2009 South 16th Street in Lincoln, hosted by the Farmhouse fraternity. Fraternity officers and members provided the alcohol, including to underage members of the fraternity.
Real passed out from intoxication and was taken back to his room at Farmhouse, where he died in the night. An autopsy concluded that Real died of acute alcohol intoxication, with a blood alcohol content of .378.
Four students have been charged with the felony of procuring alcohol for a minor resulting injury or death: 21-year-old Vance Heyer, Farmhouse Fraternity Vice President; 19-year-old Thomas Trueblood, Farmhouse Fraternity Freshman Social Chair; 21-year-old Cory Foland, Farmhouse Fraternity New Member Educator; and 22-year-old Ross Reynolds, Farmhouse Fraternity member.
Three students have been charged with misdemeanor procuring alcohol to a minor: 21-year-old William Miller, Farmhouse Fraternity member; 20-year-old Marin Hartfield, UNL student; 20-year-old Lauren Williams, UNL student.
No other charges are expected at this time, according to UNL police, who add that the activities do not appear to meet the elements under the state statute against hazing.
Real, an Agricultural Economics major from Grafton, won a scholarship to UNL from his local chapter of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association.