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School officials dispute claims in Penn State hazing

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Penn State University officials say they "strongly dispute" an ex-student's claims that the school failed to investigate his hazing complaint against a fraternity.

The university says it offered "extraordinary assistance" over many months to now 21-year-old James Vivenzio before he filed suit yesterday.

The school says neither Vivenzio nor his family were willing to file a formal

complaint, provide documents, talk to campus police, or engage in the formal disciplinary process. The school says it even sent an investigator to his Great Falls, Virginia, home last year.

The negligence lawsuit accuses Penn State of failing to address hazing, sexual intimidation, alcohol abuse, and other problems at Kappa Delta Rho.

Vivenzio's lawyer says the hazing led his client to flunk his 2012-2013 freshman year.

The former student blew the whistle on the fraternity's secret Facebook page featuring photos of naked women.

He said he was burned with cigarettes, force-fed buckets of liquor mixed with urine, vomit, and hot sauce, and made to guzzle alcohol as part of fraternity hazing rituals.