University at Buffalo suspends fraternities, sororities after student hazing injury

by Kim Boateng Posted on April 13th, 2019

A University at Buffalo student is in critical condition after a possible hazing incident involving a college fraternity, prompting the president of the western New York school to suspend all Greek life activities.

The incident, which happened overnight Thursday, took place at the Sigma Pi house, according to WKBW-TV in Buffalo.

The Buffalo Police Department said it is investigating the matter and that a student was rushed to the hospital with a “serious medical condition” believed to be the result of the incident of “potential hazing.”

Further details, including the name of the undergraduate student, have not been disclosed. But the television station cited a source close to the investigation who said the student, 18, was “on life support” Friday night.

Buffalo Police Dept@BPDAlerts: BPD are investigating an incident of potential hazing that occurred at a fraternity house in Buffalo overnight on Custer Street. A UB student was rushed to the hospital with a serious medical condition believed to have resulted from the Incident.

In a statement, University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi said the school has reached out to the student’s family and is providing “all the assistance and comfort we can to them during this incredibly difficult time.”

He said the university has “zero tolerance” for hazing. “Not only are hazing incidents a violation of our university policies, but they are also crimes.”

“Therefore, at my direction,” he said, “the official activities of all recognized fraternities and sororities are suspended effective immediately.”

Tripathi added that the university community is committed to ensuring a safe educational environment for students. He vowed to perform an internal review of the activities of the school’s fraternities and sororities and will “strongly counsel” all Greek organization about the University at Buffalo’s zero-tolerance policy on hazing.

A University at Buffalo spokesman said Saturday the school does not have an update on the condition of the student.

Jonathan Frost, executive director and CEO of the Sigma Pi Fraternity & Foundation, issued a statement that said, “Sigma Pi has recently learned of a reported allegation of health & safety policy violations at Epsilon-Omicron Chapter at the University at Buffalo.

“At this time, we are currently gathering information and, if necessary, will provide further comment after all facts have been gathered.”

Statement From President Tripathi

Published April 12, 2019

Dear university community,

This morning, I was informed that one of our UB students had been hospitalized with a serious medical condition as the result of a possible hazing incident.

We have reached out to the student’s family and are providing all the assistance and comfort we can to them during this incredibly difficult time. I ask you to keep this student – one of our own – and his family in your thoughts.

As the investigation into this very serious matter continues, let me reiterate that our university has zero tolerance for hazing. Not only are hazing incidents a violation of our university policies, but they are also crimes.

Therefore, at my direction, the official activities of all recognized fraternities and sororities are suspended effective immediately. Vice President A. Scott Weber will be immediately issuing a statement regarding the suspension of Greek life activities.

As a university community, we are committed to providing a safe educational environment for our students. Again at my direction, over the next several days, the university will perform an internal review into the activities of UB fraternities and sororities and will strongly counsel all Greek organizations about UB’s zero tolerance policy on hazing and the very serious consequences of hazing.

Sincerely,

Satish K. Tripathi
President

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