Cornell Suspends Fraternity Following Student's Death


Cornell University has suspended Sigma Alpha Epsilon following the Friday death of 19 year old fraternity member George Desdunes.
Officials said that the fraternity had likely violated Cornell’s recognition policy concerning the use of alcohol.
The Tompkins County sheriff has said that alcohol was a likely contributor in Desdunes death.
Desdunes was found unresponsive Friday morning in a lounge at the fraternity.
The policy requires all fraternities and sororities to observe state and federal laws.
The suspension will continue until the University completes its own investigation into the events that led to the student’s death.
The fraternity cannot hold social events or initiation activities during the suspension.
Cornell also reiterated the counseling services available to its community.
Students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155.
Students may also speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 255-3277.
Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 800-327-2255 (select option 1 for EAP).
An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at 272-1616.

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