West Virginia University settles suit in student’s death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has settled a lawsuit over a student’s 2014 death at a fraternity house for $250,000.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Board of Risk and Insurance management agreed to the settlement in which the WVU board denied liability in the death of 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch.


Burch was found unconscious and not breathing at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in Morgantown. He was from Williamsville, New York, a Buffalo suburb. Police determined it was an alcohol-related death.

The lawsuit was filed by Burch’s parents in 2015 in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

As part of the settlement, the insurer also paid a $20,000 donation to WVU Children’s Hospital Critical Care Services and $5,000 to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

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