Updated Interview with Steve Wagner on Yost vs. Wabash College
In the case of Brian Yost vs. Wabash College and the fraternity of Phi Kappa Psi, there is a potential for new standards to be set in relation to college responsibilities when it comes to protecting students from hazing rituals.
In a recent article by the Indy Star, our very own Steve Wagner was interviewed about what sets this case apart. Having represented similar cases in the past, including a case of alcohol abuse and wrongful death during a fraternity event at Wabash College, Wagner says this case should stand apart. According to his expertise, this case is different than so many other sorority/fraternity hazing cases, because in this instance, Wabash College actually owns the property on which the incident took place.
In most cases, Greek organizations own their own fraternity or sorority houses that are near the school, but Wabash owns the houses for their fraternities, thus placing a certain level of responsibility on the school for the actions which occur on the property.
The incident in question occurred after a long night of partying at the Phi Kappa Psi house. Around 2 am, four of the fraternity brothers grabbed Yost and took him into the bathroom for a pledging ritual called “showering”. While they were carrying him, he struggled against them. One of the brothers put Yost in a choke hold and caused him to lose consciousness. Seeing that he had passed out, the other fraternity brothers suddenly dropped Yost, causing him to hit his head on the bathroom floor.
The exact injuries that were sustained are unclear, but after the incident, Yost withdrew from Wabash and is now in the process of filing this lawsuit against the school and the fraternity.
For more updates, follow along with us and we will keep you updated on this groundbreaking case. For the sake of Yost, and college students everywhere, we hope that the responsible parties are held accountable and that this case will set a new standard for the responsibility colleges and universities must take in regard to their students.