WVU Suspends All Of Greek Life After Student Is Found With No Pulse
On Thursday, West Virginia University officially suspended all fraternities and sororities after a freshman student was found unresponsive in a fraternity house.
Morgantown police responded to a call at midnight on Wednesday and found 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch in the Kappa Sigma house unconscious and without a pulse.
When they arrived, a man was performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.
Burch was brought to the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, where he remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
This incident follows the suspension of a different fraternity at the university last week after 19 pledges were involved in an alcohol-fueled street brawl.
Police arrived on that scene at about 1:30 am after receiving numerous calls from locals complaining about the students’ behavior. All were Sigma Chi pledges, and all were apprehended for underage possession.
Police note that several of those students initially identified themselves as belonging to a different fraternity to save face, and now may face serious obstruction of justice charges.
As a result of both incidents, university officials made the decision to halt all Greek life until further notice. Corey Farris, the University’s dean of students, explained,
The action to halt fraternity and sorority activities while these matters are wing reviewed is being done with the well-being and safety of our students in mind.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Greek organizations have come under fire: In September, Clemson University suspended all fraternity and sorority activities after the death of 19-year-old Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge Tucker Hipps.
And last month, Penn State suspended its chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa following an investigation related to the death of 18-year-old Marquise Braham.
Several other fraternity-related deaths have also been reported, such as that of 19-year-old Pi Kappa Phi pledge Armando Villa of California State University, and that of Pi Delta Psi pledge Michael Deng of Baruch College.
Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.
We can only hope that measures will be taken to ensure incidents like these do not recur.