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Dartmouth fraternity suspended after student’s death was already on probation for drinking

By meerna Jul11,2024
Dartmouth fraternity suspended after student’s death was already on probation for drinking

The Dartmouth College fraternity that was suspended after the death of a student was already on probation for alcohol-related charges for an earlier suspension. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

A Dartmouth College fraternity that was suspended after the death of a student amid bullying allegations was already on alcohol-related probation for an earlier suspension.

Beta Alpha Omega fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority have been suspended by a New Hampshire college after 20-year-old Won Jang was found dead in the Connecticut River following a joint social gathering.

“At the time of the incident, Beta Alpha Omega was on alcohol-related probation after being suspended for the fall, winter, and spring semesters,” a Dartmouth spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

“Alpha Phi was placed on alcohol supervision for the fall 2023 semester but has since returned to good standing,” the university spokesperson added.

Hanover police and fire responded to a missing Dartmouth student report Sunday around 3:15 p.m.

Jang was last seen at the waterfront on Saturday around 9:30 p.m.

Rescuers found Jang’s body about 65 feet from shore at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Initial police inquiries have concluded that no foul play is suspected, but Hanover police are investigating allegations of a spate of violence.

“Both college policy and New Hampshire state law strictly prohibit acts of violence at Dartmouth College,” the college’s website states.

“No student, faculty member, faculty volunteer, student organization, athletic team, or other faculty-recognized group or association shall engage in, incite, direct, assist, lead, or witness any act of violence,” the Dartmouth website states.

Under state law, the university is required to report incidents of harassment to law enforcement.

“Students and organizations may be subject to criminal liability for violating New Hampshire state law prohibiting acts of violence,” the university’s website states.

“Student organizations, groups, or teams found responsible for violating this policy should be prepared to face serious organizational sanctions, including loss of membership recruitment privileges, suspension or revocation of organizational activities and/or recognition,” the website reads.

Students may be sued in civil court for damages resulting from psychological and/or physical harm caused by bullying.

By meerna

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