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Family reaches settlement in hazing death of student they say suffered ‘great pain, agony’

The family of a New York State college student who died after an alleged hazing incident in 2019 has reached a settlement with three fraternity members and other defendants, according to court documents.

Six defendants — including the three fraternity members, University at Buffalo (UB) Heights Housing LLB, Sigma Pi Fraternity International and the Sigma Pi Epsilon-Omicron Chapter — have agreed to pay a sum of $665,000 to Sebastian Serafin-Bazan’s family as part of a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit filed against the defendants in 2020.

Serafin-Bazan, an 18-year-old freshman at the University at Buffalo, died after an alleged April 12, 2019, hazing incident inside the school’s Sigma Pi house on Custer Street.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of carelessly and recklessly allowing unlawful hazing to take place at the fraternity house. Defendants “also acted recklessly in failing to ensure the plaintiff received medical attention and caused and/or contributed to his death by their reckless disregard for his wellbeing,” eventually resulting in Serafin-Bazan’s death, the complaint states.

“Sebastian’s death was indeed a tragedy. The University at Buffalo again extends its condolences to Sebastian’s family and friends as they continue to cope with his death,” the university told Fox News Digital in a statement. “UB suspended the chapter of Sigma Pi immediately after Sebastian died. The chapter no longer exists at the university. Several students were disciplined for violations of the university’s code of student conduct following the conclusion of the university’s investigation of the matter four years ago.”

UB “continues to maintain a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing and aggressively pursues any violations of this policy,” the statement continued. “Hazing is inconsistent with the values of the university and, as such, the university has established policies to deter these behaviors and enact appropriate disciplinary action when needed.”

Audrey Conklin is a digital reporter for Fox News Digital and FOX Business. Email tips to audrey.conklin@fox.com or on Twitter at @audpants.


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