Former student Sue Stanford to punish Frat for student death

A group of Theta Delta Chi fraternity alumni have filed a lawsuit against Stanford University, accusing administrators of “arbitrarily punishing the organization” after a fraternity member died of a drug overdose two years ago, according to local news station KRON4.

Student, Etan Weiner, died in January 2020 of an accidental fentanyl overdose at Theta Delta Chi Fraternity House. In response to Weiner’s death, the Stanford Theta imposed a six-year moratorium on the Delta Chi. An alumni group called #SaveStanfordTDX has accused the fraternity of suspending the fraternity in an attempt to remove responsibility for Stanford Weiner’s death, arguing that the fraternity is not eligible for a six-year ban.

“In its 130-year history, Stanford University has never taken such drastic action against one of its student-led organizations,” #SaveStanfordTDX attorney Mark Hathaway told KRON4. “They have fundamentally violated the rights of Theta Delta Chi members and alumni, and in doing so, they have not only unjustifiably suspended the fraternity from campus, but they have arbitrarily and unjustly tarnished the organization’s reputation.”

Weiner’s parents, Julia Erwin-Weiner, Amir Weiner, associate vice president of development at Stanford Medical Center and associate professor of history, filed a false death lawsuit against Stanford earlier this year. The lawsuit alleges Stanford University, the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and six others.

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