Cornell freshman's parents sue over his death, allege hazing

Posted at 2:49 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 08:42:14-05

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a Cornell University freshman found dead at the bottom of a gorge are suing the New York university and a fraternity.

Antonio Tsialas' parents say their 18-year-old son was the victim of hazing by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in October and that Cornell had not done enough to stop it.

They say the first-year student was made to drink dangerous quantities of alcohol before leaving the fraternity house. His body was found two days later.

A Cornell spokesman and Phi Kappa Psi's executive director said they could not comment on pending litigation.

President Martha Pollack says the university has since adopted reforms governing Greek organizations.