Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Hires Consultant to Review School's Greek Culture After Freshman's Death

Adam Oakes, 19, was from Loudoun County

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Virginia Commonwealth University has hired an outside firm to review the school's Greek culture following the death of a freshman student last month at a fraternity event.

VCU announced Monday that Dyad Strategies, an educational consulting firm, will conduct an independent review.

Nineteen-year-old Adam Oakes was found dead Saturday, and a fraternity linked to his death has been suspended. As seen on NBC Washington on Feb. 28, 2019.

Police are conducting their own investigation into the Feb. 27 death of freshman Adam Oakes at an off-campus residence.

VCU suspended the Delta Chi fraternity chapter after Oakes' death..

Police and university officials have not said how Oakes died. But Oakes' family said he was ordered to drink large amounts of whiskey at a hazing event and then blindfolded. Family members say he ran into a tree. He was found unresponsive the next morning on a couch, the family said.

The consultants' report is expected to be complete by June.

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