CLEMSON — Clemson University issued a statement on Thursday relating to its commitment to improve the experience regarding fraternities on campus.
The statement is part of a settlement agreement between the parents of Tucker Hipps and Clemson University, according to The Greenville News.
Hipps was a sophomore at the school when he was found dead hours after he went on a fraternity pledge run with more than two dozen members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the paper reported. His parents have said they believe 19-year-old Hipps was the victim of hazing.
As part of the lawsuit, which was settled earlier this month, the university had to pay Hipps’ parents, Cindy and Gary $250,000, according to WYFF. Clemson is also required to fund a $50,000 endowment that will be slotted for a Palmetto Boys State student to attend Clemson.
The university also has to dedicate a pew in the Cadden Chapel in Hipps' memory and work with his family on creating a Tucker Hipps Memorial Golf Tournament, Fox Carolina reported.
Part of the statement reads as follows:
“On September 22, 2014, Cindy and Gary Hipps, and the Clemson University community, tragically lost a son, a friend, and a lifelong Tiger, Tucker Hipps. Tucker was a talented and much loved young man known for his leadership skills and his warm and friendly nature, which allowed him to easily make friends wherever he went.”
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Cynthia Roldán: @CynthiaRoldan