EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Following the death of a Michigan State University student over the weekend, the school and the Pi Alpha Phi national organization suspended the school fraternity chapter .
The student, identified as Phat Nguyen, died early Saturday in an off-campus residence. An autopsy was performed, but the Sparrow Hospital medical examiner’s office said the cause of death would not be determined until toxicology results were completed in six to eight weeks. Authorities said alcohol consumption may have been a factor and shortly after the incident, the East Lansing Police Department said its officers responded to the scene where four people fainted, including one that wasn’t breathing.
According to the Lansing State Journal, Nguyen’s death came a day after the fraternity posted on their Facebook page that he was one of four students who had just joined the chapter.
University spokesman Dan Olsen simply said the student’s death “was related to the fellowship” as a reason for the school’s suspension of the fellowship’s registered student organization status. And in an email, 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.”
As a result, Olsen said the fraternity would not be allowed to organize campus events, access their university funds or accounts, attend campus events representing the section, or recruit students on campus for join the fraternity.
âWe are heartbroken at this loss to our Spartan community and our hearts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends,â said Olsen.
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