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Ohio University orders fraternity to cease-and-desist after student’s death

November 14, 2018

Ohio University orders fraternity to cease-and-desist after student’s death

ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University has issued a cease-and-desist order against a fraternity at the school after an 18-year-old male student was found dead at a residence on Monday, according to reports.

Rescuers were called to a home at 6:39 a.m. to help Collin L. Wiant of Dublin, Ohio. Wiant was pronounced dead at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, the Athens News reports.

Police are still investigating the incident and have released few details. They are waiting for a report from the Athens County coroner.

The News reports the university on Tuesday ordered the Epsilon chapter of the international Sigma Pi fraternity to stop all activities.

According to the student newspaper The Post, Martha Compton, director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, says in the letter that the office “has received information which alleges that (the fraternity) has engaged in conduct that puts the health and safety of (its) members at risk and is not in compliance with the behavioral expectations set out in the (OU) Student Code of Conduct.”

Wiant was a recent pledge of the fraternity, the News reports.

In a statement released Tuesday, university spokeswoman Carly Leatherwood says the residence where Wiant was found “is allegedly an unofficial annex of the Sigma Pi Epsilon chapter.”

Leatherwood says the university is issuing the cease-and-desist order “as an abundance of caution.”

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