Jordan Hankins was a 19-year-old sophomore at Northwestern University when she was found dead in her dorm room in January 2017.
Her mother, Felicia Hankins, is suing Alpha Kappa Alpha and two of their chapters — Gamma Chi, which is an undergraduate chapter, and Delta Chi Omega, which is the graduate chapter, both at Northwestern — as well as nine individuals who are in the leadership of those chapters or now-former students who were in the chapters at the time of Jordan Hankins’ death.
The lawsuit does not go into detailed explanations of the alleged abuse but claims Jordan Hankins was “subjected to hazing, including physical and mental harm.”
“While post-initiation pledging, Jordan Hankins was subjected to physical abuse including paddling, verbal abuse, mental abuse, financial exploitation, sleep deprivation, items being thrown and dumped on her, and other forms of hazing intended to humiliate and demean her,” the suit states.
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