EAST LANSING, MI – The national organization Pi Alpha Phi has suspended the Michigan State University chapter of the fellowship following the death of a student.
The student, identified as Phat Nguyen, died in an off-campus residence in the 400 block of Stoddard Avenue on November 20. Four people were found unconscious and Nguyen was found unconscious and not breathing.
The East Lansing Police Department is investigating the incident and an autopsy has been ordered by the Ingham County Medical Examiner.
The cause of death will not be determined until toxicology results are complete in six to eight weeks, but a preliminary investigation has indicated “alcohol consumption may play a role,” according to one Press release issued by the city.
The other three people were taken to Sparrow Hospital for further medical treatment.
According to Lansing State Journal, Nguyen’s death came a day after the fellowship posted on its Facebook page that he was one of four students who had just joined the chapter.
According to the Associated Press, Pi Alpha Phi confirmed that the chapter had been “placed on temporary suspension pending an investigation into the death of a student member last weekend.”
The fellowship will not be permitted to organize on-campus events, access their university funds or accounts, participate in on-campus events representing the chapter, or recruit on-campus students to join the fellowship.
“We are heartbroken at this loss to our Spartan community and our hearts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends,” University spokesperson Dan Olsen told The Associated Press.