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Mom of ASU student who drowned files suit against fraternity

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Her son drowned in Tempe Town Lake after a night of partying with his fraternity brothers at Cadillac Ranch.

Jack Culolias' mother, Grace, is filing a civil suit in Maricopa County Superior Court against Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Also listed in the complaint is the fraternity president, five other fraternity members and their alumni advisor. [Click here for the official complaint (PDF)]

In the lawsuit, Grace claims the fraternity was grossly negligent and is asking for a trial by jury.

Culolias, 19, was thrown out of the bar for having too much to drink in November of 2012.

He disappeared and authorities conducted a weeks-long search before finding his body in an area of the Salt River.

Culolias was a first year college student at Arizona State University and was a pledge of the SAE fraternity.

According to the complaint, SAE scheduled a social on Nov. 30, 2012 at Cadillac Ranch and provided bus transportation for its members and "pledges" from a party at an off-campus apartment complex to the bar in Tempe Marketplace. The complaint also alleges that several pledges and members were switching drink wristbands to ensure underage pledges and members would be able to drink.

Some frat members were kicked out for being "drunk and unruly," including Culolias who was seen urinating in the patio area.

When Culolias was kicked out, his BAC was close to .30, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges that at least two of the fraternity members knew Culolias was thrown out of the bar and did nothing to ensure a safe way home.

The SAE fraternity had been placed on probation by ASU for alcohol violations prior to 2012, and in 2013 SAE's Arizona Beta chapter was revoked by ASU.

Cadillac Ranch has since closed down.

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