Greek life has come to a halt at West Virginia University. Reportedly all WVU fraternities and sorororites are suspended until further notice, due to a near fatal accident on campus. An 18-year-old freshman named Nolan Michael Burch, was found unconscious and not breathing inside the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. According to doctors he is in critical condition and intensive care unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Authorities stated that they responded to a call from the Kappa Sigma frat house around 12am on Wednesday. When they arrived a young man was performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Burch, who was lying on the floor unresponsive .
University officials released a joint statement with the college’s Inter-Fraternity and Panhellenic councils stating that “all Greek organizations affiliated with the university had been suspended after the catastrophic medical emergency.”
Seems extreme that all of the Greek organizations have to suffer due to one fraternity’s actions. However, this is not the first time something like this has happened at WVU.
Last week, Sigma Chi fraternity was suspended after 19 intoxicated pledges were arrested and/or cited for underage possession of alcohol in a street brawl at 1:30 a.m. Morgantown authorities said they responded to numerous calls of a disturbance to find the students “running and screaming, yelling and engaging in disorderly conduct.” At first the students lied about their affiliation with the fraternity but eventually the truth came to light, and they were later identified as members of the fraternity. They could face charges of obstruction of justice for providing fictitious information. This is just one of the many incidents that have occurred in some of the Greek organizations at WVU.
Corey Farris, West Virginia University’s dean of students said “”The action to halt fraternity and sorority activities while these matters are being reviewed is being done with the well-being and safety of our students in mind. That is — and must always be — our foremost priority.”