Statement on deaths at BGSU and VCU

We join members the Bowling Green State University and Virginia Commonwealth University communities in expressing our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Stone Foltz and Adam Oakes. While the circumstances surrounding these deaths are still under investigation, we must be clear that hazing is a betrayal of the fraternal vows to which every member commits and has no place on campus. When hard alcohol is added to the mix, it is a formula for tragedy.

The North American Interfraternity Conference is partnered with parents of hazing victims and other organizations to educate about hazing and advocate for stronger laws. Our efforts include advancing the END ALL Hazing Act in Congress and making hazing a felony through state legislation including Collin’s Law now before the Ohio State Legislature.

Additionally, the NIC will host a National Town Hall Tuesday, March 9, at 9 p.m. EST for Interfraternity Council presidents and advisors, fraternity staff and volunteers, and fraternity chapter presidents to discuss these developments and critical steps that every fraternity community should be taking to assist in preventing hazing. A recording will premiere shortly after the conclusion of the town hall via Facebook at

March 7, 2021

Media contact:
Todd Shelton

Campus Support:
Will Foran