The Company He Kept: The Aftermath of a Student Death at SUNY Plattsburgh

Jacob Goldblum, SUNY Plattsburgh

Abstract

This senior project consists of two transcribed oral history interviews with student administrators at SUNY Plattsburgh reflecting on the impact on the campus of a hazing death, and detailed Finding Aids for the interviews. Walter Dean Jennings died in 2003 from water poisoning during a hazing at an unrecognized fraternity off campus. These interviews are with Allison Swick-Duttine, the current Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Plattsburgh, and Bryan Hartman, current Vice President of Student Affairs. Topics covered in the interview include: crisis management after the 2003 death; change in campus culture; hazing prevention programs; Greek life at Plattsburgh; student organizations; and public relations.