Court documents detail FMU settlement in hazing lawsuit

Francis Marion University has settled a lawsuit over hazing and will be dismissed from the suit, according to court documents.

The documents say the lawsuit was settled December 13, 2013.

Last January, McLeod Law Group filed a lawsuit against FMU and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity International, the Pi Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity International on behalf of Daniel McElveen


who was seriously and permanently injured on October 23, 2011 during a hazing incident.

At the time, McElveen was a student at FMU.

He was repeatedly beaten during the fraternity's "Hell Night" initiation process for Phi Beta Sigma's Francis Marion Chapter, according to Florence County Sheriff's Office deputies.

McElveen was hospitalized for eight days at McLeod Regional Hospital and as a result of the incident nine men were arrested in connection to the brutal hazing by the Florence County Sheriff's Office.