BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — A student at Bowling Green State University died Sunday after he consumed a “copious” amount of alcohol during a fraternity hazing, officials said.
Stone Foltz, 20, was taken to a hospital Friday after drinking at an off-campus event organized by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Foltz died Sunday.
“The death of Stone Foltz is a tragedy,” Sean Alto, an attorney for the family said in a statement. “At this time we are gathering all of the facts leading to his untimely death and we have no interest in commenting on speculation,” the statement indicates. “We do ask that you please show respect and consideration for Stone’s family. Despite their unbearable grief, they agreed to donate Stone’s organs so that others may have a second chance at life.”
School authorities are investigating “alleged hazing activity involving alcohol consumption” at the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity event, the Washington Post reported.
The fraternity has been suspended by the school and the national organization.
“BGSU is committed to not just the student conduct and law enforcement investigations, but a full inquiry into each Greek chapter’s prevention and compliance responsibilities under University policies prohibiting hazing,” the school said in a statement.
The fraternity’s national office distanced itself from the behavior at the local chapter.
“The Fraternity has a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal activity, substance abuse, bullying, and hazing of any kind,” the organization said in a statement. “Let us reiterate in the strongest terms: We refuse to defend or condone any behavior that creates dangerous environments or situations for our members or the larger campus community.”
Bowling Green police are also investigating the death, the Columbus Dispatch reported.