San Diego Student Dies After Fraternity Event

SDSU suspends 14 frats in response
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2019 7:10 AM CST
University Suspends 14 Frats After Student's Death
A GoFundme fundraiser has been set up in memory of Dylan Hernandez.   (GoFundMe)

San Diego State University has placed 14 fraternities on suspension after the death of a Phi Gamma Delta pledge. The county medical examiner's office says Dylan Hernandez was hospitalized on Thursday morning after he was found unresponsive in his dorm room, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Hernandez, who turned 19 a few weeks ago, had attended a fraternity event Wednesday night. No cause of death was disclosed and it's not clear whether it was alcohol-related. The Daily Aztec reports that the 14 fraternities in the university's Interfraternity Council—who spent much of last year under a party ban—were placed under suspension Friday. Six were already suspended and four more were being investigated.

"As a mother, nothing can replace the profound loss of a child, and the devastating heartbreak the family and their loved ones are experiencing," SDSU President Adela de la Torrie said in a statement. "All of us in the Aztec family are sending our prayers, and are here to support the family." She said last week that there had been "possible misconduct" leading to Hernandez's hospitalization. Last year, Will Fritz wrote a Daily Aztec editorial warning that somebody could end up dead if fraternities continued ignoring alcohol policies. "We knew that somebody could die, and now it has happened," he said Monday. "I can’t imagine how his parents are feeling." (Read more fraternity stories.)

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