NEW YORK (PIX11) – The national board of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity has cut all ties with the Baruch chapter after a freshman student died from injuries sustained during an unsanctioned pledging event.
In a statement, fraternity president Andy Meng announced, “Pi Delta Psi Fraternity has revoked and terminated all affiliations with the Baruch Colony, effective immediately.”
19-year-old Chun “Michael” Deng died last week when he suffered severe brain injuries during a hazing ritual in the Poconos.
Investigators say Deng was participating in a game called “Glass Ceiling,” in which one is blindfolded and forced to carry a backpack with 20 pounds of sand inside, as fraternity brothers try to tackle the pledge to the ground. Authorities say fraternity brothers waited hours before bringing Deng to the hospital.
“Baruch Colony has violated the values and rules of our organization, including our strict no hazing policy. As such, they shall no longer be recognized as having any association with Pi Delta Psi. Additionally, we will also revoke the individual memberships of any member found involved in this incident,” the statement read in part.
The Monroe County, Penn. District Attorney said that charges will be filed against those found responsible for Deng’s death.
The fraternity board says they will continue to cooperate with the authorities.