Pi Kappa Alpha at Bowling Green State University is under investigation for hazing after sophomore died

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Stone Foltz
Stone Foltz, a student at Bowling Green State University, died following a fraternity party. Provided by the Foltz family
  • Pi Kappa Alpha at Bowling Green State University is under investigation for hazing after a student died.

  • Stone Foltz, 20, was given "a copious amount of alcohol" at a frat party, a family attorney said.

  • The chapter has been suspended as local law enforcement and the university investigate.

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A Bowling Green State University fraternity is under investigation for hazing after a 20-year-old student died after an event.

Stone Foltz was hospitalized early Friday after attending an off-campus party hosted by the Ohio college's Pi Kappa Alpha chapter, family attorney Sean Alto told the Columbus Dispatch.

Foltz was given "a copious amount of alcohol" at the party before he was dropped off at his apartment by members of the frat, Alto told the paper. When his roommates found him, they called 911. He was in "dire condition" when he arrived at the hospital, the outlet reported.

In a statement provided to Insider on behalf of the family, Alto called Foltz a "beloved son, brother, and grandson."

"The death of Stone Foltz is a tragedy. 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 said. "We do ask that you please show respect and consideration for Stone's family.

The statement also said that "despite their unbearable grief," the family had "agreed to donate Stone's organs so that others may have a second chance at life."

Bowling Green State University suspended Pi Kappa Alpha for "alleged hazing activity" and the fraternity's Greek letters were removed from its on-campus house, the school said in a statement issued Sunday. The incident is under investigation by police and university officials, according to the statement.

The school also issued a statement about the death of Foltz, who was a sophomore business student.

"Those who knew Stone remember him as a kind, selfless person with a great sense of humor," the university said in a statement. "The University mourns his tragic loss and shares in his family and friends' sorrow. BGSU is collecting sympathies for his family."

Stone Foltz
The death of Stone Foltz, 20, is under investigation by police and Bowling Green State University officials. Provided by the Foltz family

Stone's death isn't the first time a chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, also known as PIKE, has been penalized.

In 2013, the Miami University chapter was suspended after 70 screen grabs of posts found on the Facebook page for active members included semi-nude photos of young women, references to drug sales, and hazing, CNN reported at the time.

The fraternity's national headquarters said in a statement released on Saturday the BGSU chapter has been placed on administrative suspension and advised its leaders to cooperate fully with university administration and local law enforcement.

"The International Fraternity is horrified and outraged by this incident," the fraternity's national headquarters said. "The Fraternity has a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal activity, substance abuse, bullying, and hazing of any kind."

"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 at any of our 200+ chapters in the United States and abroad," the statement said.

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