Published January 13, 2015
A college in New York City has banned a fraternity after a student's death in an alleged initiation ritual in Pennsylvania.
Baruch (bah-REWK') College says it has instituted a lifetime ban of Pi Delta Psi. College President Mitchel Wallerstein announced it Wednesday.
Pennsylvania authorities are investigating the Dec. 8 death of 19-year-old freshman Chun "Michael" Deng. Deng died after a weekend with about 30 Pi Delta Psi members at a rented house in the Poconos.
Authorities say the pledge sustained a fatal brain injury after running a gauntlet blindfolded, with a heavy weight on his back.
Wallerstein told Baruch students and staffers the school is conducting a review. He says some students haven't cooperated.
The national Pi Delta Psi fraternity has revoked its affiliation with the Baruch chapter.