NIU Frat Members Charged After Pledge Dies During Hazing

In November, 19-year-old David Bogenberger died after taking part in a hazing activity at a Northern Illinois University fraternity house. According to authorities, Bogenberger’s blood alcohol level was over five-times the legal limit.

Now, 22 Pi Kappa Alpha members are facing felony and misdemeanor hazing charges for the incident. On Tuesday, 13 of those charged turned themselves in to DeKalb police for processing, the Chicago Tribune reports.

On November 1, Bogenberger took part in an unsanctioned hazing ritual called “parents’ night.” Pledges were reportedly walked from room to room and answered questions in exchange for vodka and other hard liquor, according to authorities.

The next morning, Bogenberger was found dead in a fraternity house bed. His BAC was reportedly around .40 percent. While the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, alcohol intoxication was listed as “a significant condition contributing to death,” according to authorities.

Five fraternity leaders have been charged with felony hazing, including Pi Kappa Alpha president Alexander M. Jandick, pledge adviser Omar Salameh, and event planner Steven Libert. Seventeen others are facing misdemeanor charges.

Under Illinois’ Hazing Act, organizations can be punished for requiring prospective members to take part in dangerous activities in order to gain membership. If the hazing results in death or great bodily harm, it’s a Class 4 felony. Otherwise, it’s a Class A misdemeanor.

The fraternity is also facing sanctions from NIU. After Bogenberger’s death, Pi Kappa Alpha was placed on suspension. According to the university, 31 fraternity and sorority members are facing disciplinary charges for taking part in the “parents’ night.”

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