Ohio University ordered that one of its fraternities stop all organizational activities after a first-year student and pledge was found unresponsive on Monday at an off-campus apartment.
Police have identified the student as 18-year-old freshman Collin Wiant, from Dublin, Ohio. Wiant was a recent pledge of Sigma Pi’s Epsilon Chapter, according to university officials.
Following Wiant’s death, Martha Compton, director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility, sent a cease and desist order to the fraternity’s president.
The university claims the fraternity has put the health and safety of its members at risk.
Outlined in the letter are conditions the fraternity must follow:
- The group cannot meet in any capacity
- All communication must stop unless approved by the university
- The organization must hand over a complete list of its members and pledges.
Students reluctant to speak on camera say Mill Street is known for its parties that often spill into the street.
“It’s pretty much the house’s on the street open their house to everyone to come and hang out,” said senior, Amanda Brewer.
Brewer said Ohio University is a typical college campus.
“It’s a college campus so people like to have fun. It’s usually not too loud on the weekdays but it’s loud on the weekends just like any other campus would be,” said Brewer.
Athens police have yet to determine the cause of death of the student.
Ohio University officials issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to share news of the unexpected death of first-year student Collin Wiant from Dublin, Ohio, on Monday, November 12 at an off-campus apartment.
The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation by the City of Athens Police Department. The University is cooperating with investigating authorities.
Collin was a recent pledge of the Epsilon chapter of international social collegiate fraternity Sigma Pi. The off-campus apartment where he was found unresponsive is allegedly an unofficial annex of the Sigma Pi Epsilon chapter.
As an abundance of caution, the University has issued an administrative directive to the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Pi immediately cease and desist all organizational activities.
The Dean of Students has been in contact with Collin’s family, and the University continues to provide support to students and employees affected by this tragic loss.”
Read the full copy of the cease and desist order below.