Family of Nolan Burch file lawsuit against West Virginia University

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In order to set a precedent for change in the future and change the culture of hazing, the family of Nolan Burch has officially filed a lawsuit against West Virginia University for the death of the 18-year-old.

Terry Connors, the Burch family attorney, announced Friday that roughly five months after detailing a potential lawsuit, the Burch family has gone forward with legal action. Nolan Burch died two days after members of a fraternity he attempted to pledge membership to found him unconscious.

MORE | See the Burch lawsuit here.

Burch suffered alcohol poisoning after his blood alcohol level rose to .493, reportedly after frat members requested he consume a bottle of alcohol as part of his pledge to Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Two people were arrested for hazing, a practice commonly used in fraternity pledges. West Virginia University has since suspended Kappa Sigma, among other, fraternity and sorority activity on campus.

The Burch family is pursuing monetary rewards for damages in the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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