NEW YORK (PIX11) — Members of a Baruch College fraternity will face criminal charges in connection with a hazing death of a freshman pledge during an unsanctioned fraternity trip to the Poconos in December.
More than 30 Pi Delta Psi members will be charged with hazing and homicide in the death of 19-year-old Chun “Michael” Deng, who died from injuries sustained during a hazing “ritual.”
In the ritual, pledges are blindfolded, weighed down with backpacks full of sand, and tackled. Deng was pushed and hit his head, police said. Fraternity members waited several hours before taking Deng to the hospital, where he died from severe brain injuries.
Following Deng’s death, the college instituted a lifetime ban on the fraternity.