Buffalo State Student’s Death May be Hazing-Related

Alpha Phi Alpha has been suspended on campus as police investigate allegations of hazing.

Feb. 23 UPDATE: Following an autopsy police do not believe that Bradley Doyley’s death was the result of hazing.

Although the death is still classified as “investigation pending,” police sources told Buffalo News that Doyley’s death doesn’t seem to be related to hazing allegations based on the preliminary autopsy results.

An attorney for Doyley’s family said ruling anything out now would be premature. The exact cause of death won’t be known for months.


Police have opened an investigation after a senior at Buffalo State College was pronounced dead at a hospital on Feb. 18.

Authorities believe Bradley Doyley, who was set to graduate with a business degree this spring, died after a bizarre hazing ritual, according to the New York Daily News.

RELATED: Putting an End to Hazing Deaths

Doyley’s relatives say he was forced to drink something toxic during a pledging ritual several weeks prior to his death. Students said they heard rumors Doyley had consumed bleach.

A family friend of the Doyleys told reporters that Doyley had been throwing up blood and was undergoing surgery.

Doyley had allegedly been pledging at Alpha Phi Alpha the night of the incident. The fraternity’s chapter has been suspended as the investigation continues.

RELATED:Family Claims Hazing Led to Penn. State Student’s Suicide in Lawsuit

The national fraternity declined to comment on Doyley’s death, but Alpha Phi Alpha has been linked to hazing deaths in the past.

Doyley was the youngest in a large family of Jamaican immigrants. A moment of silence was held for him at the Buffalo State basketball game Feb. 19.

If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Conference promo