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Deadly alcohol poisoning at WSU frat house was an accident, coroner says

The Whitman County coroner confirmed Monday that Samuel Martinez, a 19-year-old Washington State University freshman, died of acute alcohol intoxication during a party at his fraternity house last month. Coroner Annie Pillers also determined Martinez’s death on Nov. 12 was an accident, despite questions raised about the time it took his peers to call 911.

WSU student died hours before 911 call; chapter holding vigil

The Whitman County Coroner’s Office has determined Washington State University student Sam Martinez died four hours before the first 911 call reporting his condition last Tuesday. The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which has been suspended by WSU, announced it was holding a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening at the chapter’s house.

Sexual assault at WSU fraternity dropped

Whitman County prosecutors say there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a former Washington State University student accused of sexually assaulting another student at the Delta Upsilon fraternity in the fall of 2016 – an allegation that led to the fraternity’s suspension by the WSU Interfraternity Council.

Hard alcohol ban ordered for most U.S., Canada fraternities

A ban intending to clamp down on hard liquor at frat house parties following pledge deaths last year has been ordered for most fraternities in the United States and Canada, unless the drinks are served by someone with a liquor license.

Penn State frat member gets house arrest in hazing death

A Penn State University fraternity member who plied a pledge with vodka the night he was fatally injured in a series of falls avoided jail time Tuesday when a judge sentenced him to three months of house arrest.

Syracuse fraternity suspended after racist videos released

Video showing a group of men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts has roiled the campus of Syracuse University, and a fraternity there has been suspended.

UI frat shut down by headquarters

The University of Idaho’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity closed Tuesday after an investigation into the chapter revealed a failure to abide by the fraternity’s national guidelines as well as safety and health violations.

University of Idaho students impose ban on Greek Row drinking parties

The student-run organizations that oversee the University of Idaho’s Greek system have approved an indefinite ban on parties involving alcohol, following the lead of counterparts at Washington State University in an effort to curb binge drinking, hazing and sexual violence.

Oregon State fraternity on track for reinstatement

After a toga party resulting in the hospitalization of two minors, nearly 80 charges and two arrests, the Oregon State University chapter of Phi Delta Theta is on track for reinstatement.