Schools need to get control of Greek organizations


The death of a West Virginia University freshman who was found unconscious at a fraternity house has prompted officials to suspend all Greek activities on campus. It’s about time. How many injuries and deaths have to take place before college and university officials across the country realize that many of these organizations promote dangerous and illegal activities on a regular basis?

The announcement by the university followed the death of 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch of Williamsville, New York, who was found unresponsive at a Kappa Sigma fraternity house in Morgantown, officials said. He died two days later at an area hospital.

University and Morgantown police are investigating exactly what occurred at the house when paramedics were called Wednesday night to the fraternity “where a catastrophic medical emergency was in progress,” according to a WVU statement.

The university did not detail the circumstances surrounding the death.

Greek activities at the university, including “all chapter social and pledging activities,” have been suspended “until further notice,” according to a joint statement released by the university.

This is not the first time there has been a tragic outcome to social or pledging activities at a Greek organization. It’s not even the first one that has happened at this college this year. Of course there are Greek organizations that do not surround themselves with alcohol, drugs, parties, and hazing, but there are enough that do to warrant a hard look at these organizations and their activities. Colleges and universities clearly need to get a handle on things and start keeping their students safe.