“I’m deeply saddened to share with you that UB freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan handed away as we speak,” College at Buffalo President Satish Ok. Tripathi mentioned. “Our hearts exit to Sebastian’s household for the devastating heartbreak they’re experiencing.”
Serafin-Bazan was hospitalized final Friday with “a severe medical situation” on account of a potential hazing incident, Tripathi mentioned in a press release to the college neighborhood on Friday earlier than saying the suspension of all fraternity and sorority actions.
Serafin-Bazan was on the Sigma Pi fraternity’s off-campus home when an undisclosed incident that led to the scholar’s damage came about, the fraternity mentioned once they realized of the incident final week.
The fraternity says it is deeply saddened by Serafin-Bazan’s demise and extends its “heartfelt condolences to Sebastian’s household and pals throughout this extraordinarily troublesome time.”
“We stay in communication with the Buffalo Police Division and College officers, and have supplied our help for his or her ongoing investigation,” the fraternity mentioned.
The Buffalo Police Division, New York State Police, and college police are investigating the incident and searching into whether or not or not medicine and or alcohol performed a job.
The college and fraternity are additionally every initiating an inner investigation and evaluate.
“The (college’s) inner evaluate will proceed this spring and thru the summer time,” John Della Contrada, College at Buffalo Interim Vice President for Communications, tells CNN. The outcomes of the evaluate will probably be made public, he added.
“Because the investigation into this very severe matter continues, let me reiterate that our college has zero tolerance for hazing. Not solely are hazing incidents a violation of our college insurance policies, however they’re additionally crimes,” Tripathi mentioned Friday.
Della Contrada mentioned he is not conscious of any hazing deaths within the historical past of the college, and Sigma Pi didn’t reply a number of questions from CNN together with what number of hazing-related actions have result in damage or demise, or what number of lawsuits the fraternity has had or is dealing with in relation to hazing-related incidents.
Sigma Pi informed CNN that it “deplores hazing” and is “establishing a revised alcohol coverage that bans arduous alcohol” from their premises.
On its web site, the fraternity identifies a number of Sigma Pi chapters whose charters have been revoked for “being discovered accountable for hazing new members.”
Sigma Pi has greater than 120 lively chapters and colonies within the US and Canada, with over 100,000 alumni and 5,700 undergraduates, it says.
Carma Hassan contributed to this report.