Baruch College has issued a permanent ban on the Pi Delta Psi fraternity after a freshman was killed during an unsanctioned hazing ritual during a retreat in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.
In an email to students and staff on Wednesday, Baruch College’s president also revealed that some of the students who took part in the deadly gathering Dec. 8 are not cooperating with the school’s probe.
Michael Deng, 19, suffered major brain trauma after he was repeatedly tackled during a challenge called “The Gauntlet,” in which pledges wearing blindfolds and sand-filled packs were pushed and shoved in the freezing dark, police said.
Court documents detail how participants allegedly waited an hour or more to take an “unresponsive” Deng to the hospital and then lied to police and tried to cover up the fact that it was a fraternity gathering.
“Michael’s faith in his fraternity’s goals and its leadership was betrayed when he was exposed to an illegal and unsanctioned hazing ritual,” Baruch President Mitchel Wallerstein wrote.
“The fraternity did not request permission (as required), nor were they approved to have a pledge class, let alone a ‘crossing’ ritual.”
No one has been charged in Deng’s death, but police say it’s likely that someone will be.