A 19-year-old Baruch College freshman died Tuesday after participating in a hazing ritual about 30 miles off the New York City campus, along with 30 members of the Delta Psi fraternity, the Pocono Record reported. Chen “Michael” Deng, who was pledging the fraternity, was taken to a hospital early Sunday in critical condition with major brain trauma and died Monday. Regional police and the county district attorney are investigating Deng’s death, which Baruch confirmed in a statement.
The statement noted that Baruch has a "zero tolerance" hazing policy. "Baruch College had no knowledge of this event or that the fraternity was rushing a pledge class. Pi Delta Psi did not request permission nor were they approved by Baruch on this matter," it says. "Michael’s death is a deeply painful reminder that no individual should ever be put into a position where his or her personal safety is in jeopardy." Campus officials are also conducting an internal review of the incident.
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