The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Cornell University was found guilty of first-degree hazing and providing alcohol to a minor after a 19 year-old pledge died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.
The hazing ritual consisted of kidnapping the pledge, binding his hands and feet, and forcing him to drink until he passed out. The teen never regained consciousness and died a few hours later. His blood alcohol level was 0.356, more than four times the legal limit.
According to Reuters, the deceased’s family will see, at most, $12,000 from the conviction. His family has also filed a $25 million civil lawsuit against the fraternity for wrongful death.