Lawsuit over Virginia Tech hazing suspension settled

A former student sued the university for denying him due process by suspending him for his alleged involvement in a hazing ceremony

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been settled between Virginia Tech and a former student who was accused of overseeing a ceremony that violated the school's hazing policy.

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The federal lawsuit filed last month "has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both parties," Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski told The Roanoke Times on Wednesday.

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Darrien Brown sued the university, alleging that it denied him due process when administrators suspended him for two semesters for allegedly overseeing a Corps of Cadets blood-pinning ceremony in October.

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During the ceremony, the sharp ends of military pins are pushed into the chests of cadets. Brown's lawsuit described the ceremony as "a Corps tradition.”

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Rob Dean, an attorney for Brown, declined to comment on the lawsuit, the Times reported. Neither Dean nor Owzarski would confirm whether Brown was readmitted to the university.

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