Ole Miss frat on probation for alcohol violations

Published 4:02 pm Thursday, October 4, 2007

The University of Mississippi placed a fraternity on probation Wednesday after an inquiry determined alcohol was served the night a student died after falling out a tree.

The university said in a statement that Beta Theta Pi was placed on probation through December 2008 under the university’s two-strike alcohol policy. The fraternity is also on social probation for the 2007-2008 academic year, meaning they cannot hold any on or off campus social events.

In addition, fraternity members are to perform 400 hours of community service and participate in an ethical development education program. The group also must pay a $1,000 fine or coordinate an campus-wide alcohol education program.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

The university said members of Beta Theta Pi violated the Ole Miss’ policy by providing a common source of alcohol, distributing alcohol, lacking organizational control of alcohol and using chapter funds to purchase alcohol.

The university said the fraternity lied about the presence of alcohol at the chapter house and withheld information during the initial stages of the inquiry.

The inquiry began after Bradley Jameson, 18, an Ole Miss freshman was not a fraternity member, died Sept. 15 after falling out of a tree in the backyard of the fraternity house.

Jameson had been playing catch outside when the ball got stuck in the tree, officials said.

Jameson, of Fort Worth, Texas, fell 12 feet after a tree limb broke. He suffered massive head trauma and was taken by helicopter to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis where he later died.

Toxicology reports showed Jameson had a blood-alcohol level two times the legal limit allowed for driving, Lafayette County Coroner Lonnie Weaver had said.