ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ Cornell University officials say they’ve temporarily suspended the fraternity where a student was found dead last week in what authorities are calling an apparent alcohol-related death.

University officials tell Ithaca media outlets that Sigma Alpha Epsilon was suspended Tuesday because of the death of 19-year-old sophomore George Desdunes of Brooklyn.

He was found dead at the frat house on Friday morning. The Tompkins County sheriff has said alcohol consumption appears to have played a part in his death.

College officials say the information they have about the use of alcohol is sufficient to conclude the frat likely violated university policies.

Authorities are also investigating the death last week of 17-year-old Ithaca College student Victoria Cheng of Spencer. Police say her death also appears to have involved alcohol but is unrelated to Desdunes’ death.

Comments (5)
  1. wilson says:

    Not a random dorm but a structured Organization, location.
    Illegal activity (normally blind-eyed if no one gets hurt).
    Illegal (“criminal”) activity then causing DEATH.
    Yes! Criminal charges should be filed! (Sad but true) What’s more, if it were a “legal” bar they’ed be prosecuted/jailed/sued in a second!

  2. Johno says:

    he was held down and forced to drink..but as a cornell greek alumni what is now going to happen is the adminstration is going to kill the greek system which is the only social outlet at cornell which is damn unfortunate

  3. chula says:

    kids are vurneable when new to fraternities – If they demanded this of these students in order to fit in – its sad to say that peson should be held responsible – there is a limit on how much alcohol a person can take – Its all fun and games to some until someone dies – shame on you – it couldve been your kid. God bless his soul

  4. mike l says:

    you can’t blame the entire Fratnerity for one person’s deadly mistake, unless the Fratnerity held you down and poured the alcohol down your throat.

  5. Mr. Armenia says:

    The victims are to blame

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