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SU Hazing Victim Family: "Lives Jeopardized"

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SALISBURY, Md. - March 16th 2012, a date that now lives as the day when Salisbury University police received an anonymous tip about alleged hazing in Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

It was reportedly the fraternity's "family night," where the tip reads "pledges were forced to drink a somewhat lethal combination of alcohol and dehumanized by being required to dress like woman wearing dressing and diapers."

The message continues: "pledges were blacked out and may have had minor poisoning. Events occurred [the night before] from 10 PM to 2 AM."

Twenty two months later.

The fraternity is still suspended until at least the 2014 spring semester. Their logo no longer appears on the university's website.

But despite those punishments, the parents of Justin Stuart, the former student and SAE pledge who first spoke out to Bloomberg wants more.

"Justin doesn't want anyone to go through what we went through and have their lives jeopardized," Henry Stuart said in a phone interview with WMDT. "He's a great kid."

Justin Stuart says he was forced to stand in trash cans filled waist-deep with ice.

"The school failed to show any responsibility. The fraternity should be eliminated from the school," uttered his father.

WMDT posed the question to SU officials -- why only punished for two and a half years?

Among the answers from Dr. Dane Foust, vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University included "most of the members won't be SU students by the time they return. They have either left the institution or have graduated. To a certain extent the organization will be starting over."

Foust stated and reiterated to WMDT that though the fraternity could return in 2.5 years, they still needed to complete all aspects of their sanctions, including a member-education plan.

WMDT asked if the punishment was sufficient.

"In my mind I'm going to support the process that's occurred here," said Foust.

Henry Stuart says his son left the school and is currently a student at the University of Maryland. According to his father and mother Shelly Stuart, Justin has straight As and is currently fielding internship offers.

"He's doing really well. He is 100 percent getting his life in order," said Henry Stuart. "[What he really wants to do] is help educate other guys to understand [the effects of hazing]."

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