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San Diego State University Suspends Fraternities After Student Death

The San Diego State University (SDSU) has suspended its Interfraternity Council (IFC) and all chapter organizations under the council over the death of a fraternity member.

Last week, the University Police Department (UPD) received a 911 phone call to respond to a student in need of medical attention. He was taken to the San Diego area hospital. The student was later identified as freshman Dylan Hernandez, who had attended a fraternity event a day before.

The university police is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“This decision only impacts the IFC and its affiliated members; the decision does not impact the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the College Panhellenic Association or the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, or the chapters affiliated with those organizations,” the university said in a release.

The school has also constituted a Presidential Task Force on Student Activities and Safety that will review fraternity and sorority life, student organizations, activities, and associated students.

Another Task Force on Alcohol and Substance Misuse will review behaviors, trends, prevention, policies, and responses related to alcohol and other drug use.

“This is part of a larger issue facing college and university campuses nationwide and we want to ensure SDSU is leading the conversation regarding student safety and well-being,” President Adela de la Torre said.

“To do that, we are launching this process to identify and adopt best practices for the benefit of all of us.”

Miami University recently suspended its chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity following an investigation into violent hazing of its member.

In May, Swarthmore College passed an order that Greek organizations will no longer exist on its campus, denying them any leased space following a report which found serious violations of rules and school policies.

Hofstra University also reported another disturbing incident, where members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity forced a dog to drink beer from a beer keg. The university is currently investigating the incident.

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