An Oswego State student is suing the state over injuries he received from a hazing incident at a fraternity.
Liam McDonald said the incident occurred on Oct. 8 while pledging with Sigma Gamma, according to the lawsuit filed in the state Court of Claims. The lawsuit states that McDonald’s injuries included a ruptured spleen and injuries to the chest and abdominal area that caused internal bleeding.
The lawsuit accuses the state of negligence due to Oswego State’s approval of Sigma Gamma as a registered fraternity last August, but failure to supervise and control the fraternity’s recruitment activities.
Julie Blissert, Oswego State director of Public Affairs, told the Post-Standard that Oswego State officials don’t comment on matters that are subject of lawsuits. She did, however, issue a written statement saying, “SUNY Oswego each year takes many steps to prevent hazing by educating and warning students and others on campus about its dangers and risks.”
The college also holds training sessions on recognizing hazing and bonding activities that aren’t considered hazing.
Hazing allegations are investigated by the University Police and the college’s disciplinary system, Blissert told the Post-Standard.
McDonald is from Albany and the lawsuit does not specify whether or not he is still enrolled at Oswego State.