- Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian-centered fraternity founded in 2016, is not subject to university-approved housing rules as it does not have a house on campus.
- The suit, filed against Lambda Phi Epsilon International and its Nebraska chapter, is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for not having policies in place that would ensure Jalil’s safety.
- While the school was not named in the case, the lawsuit claimed that Jalil suffered from violated state law and school policies.
- Katie Cheatle, the lawyer for the local chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon has denied that Jalil’s death was not caused by anything the fraternity did.
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- Rokon filed the lawsuit after learning from former members that his brother endured eight weeks of hazing from the fraternity.
- During this period, Jalil allegedly suffered verbal and physical abuse at the hands of frat members.
- Rokon said he was able to eventually confirm from fraternity members during a meeting with them in August 2020 nearly all of what the former members shared with them.
- “About 95 percent of them confirmed and they elaborated on it, at first they weren’t willing to share anything and I got frustrated because they were still standing by the secrecy and brotherhood,” Rokon was quoted as saying. “I said that brotherhood goes away when someone dies.”
- Rokon then asked the members if they would let their future sons into their fraternity, and allegedly six replied no.
- UNL has stated that the case is still being investigated by the Student Affairs office.