AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - Texas Cowboys has been suspended from the University of Texas at Austin for six years due to hazing allegations, according to the UT Office of the Dean of Students.
An investigation was conducted after allegations came forward that hazing took place at a retreat the night before a new member, Nicholas Cumberland, was injured in a wreck.
Cumberland later died from his injuries.
In September of 2018, Cumberland was in a pickup truck with other members of the Texas Cowboys, en route back to Austin from a retreat, when it rolled over in Lampasas County.
Nicholas Cumberland was injured, and died on October 30th from his injuries.
UT's Office of the Dean of Students handed down the suspension, along with a two-year probationary period after reinstatement, on Wednesday. According to a discipline report, UT Austin said the Texas Cowboys violated rules that prohibit hazing, behavior threatening the health or safety of students, employees or visitors and alcohol misconduct.
The Office of the Dean of Students also decreed no sub-groups of the Cowboys will be allowed. The group has the option to accept the sanction, appeal it or request a formal hearing.
UT Austin President Greg Fenves released the following statement:
Following the announcement, the Texas Cowboys Alumni Association released the below statement: