FRESNO (AP) — A freshman at California State University, Fresno, died Sunday after a night of drinking at an off-campus fraternity house, prompting university officials to suspend recognition of the fraternity.
Philip Dhanens, 18, of Bakersfield began pledging to join the Theta Chi fraternity last week, university spokeswoman Shirley Armbruster said.
She said police were investigating the circumstances that led to Dhanens’ death, and didn’t know whether hazing was involved.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of this young man who had just joined our university community and had a life of promise ahead,” the university’s president, John D. Welty, said in a statement.
A call to investigators was not immediately returned Sunday evening. Dhanens’ mother told KFSN-TV she learned her son suffered severe brain damage hours after he attended a party at the fraternity house Friday night. Dhanens was taken off life support Sunday.
Armbruster said the fraternity can’t conduct any official campus activities until the investigation is complete.
A call to the fraternity house was not immediately returned.