A second-year student at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) has died after an alleged alcohol-related fraud incident, a family lawyer said on Sunday.
“The death of Stone Folz is a tragedy. He was a beloved son, brother and grandson,” family lawyer Sean Alto told Cleveland’s FOX 8. “We are currently gathering all the facts leading to his untimely death and have no interest in commenting on the speculation.”
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On Saturday, the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity said in a statement that a new member of the Delta Beta fraternity head was involved in “an alleged alcohol-related fraud in an off-campus event.”
“The international fraternity is appalled and outraged by this incident,” the statement said. “The fraternity has a policy of zero tolerance for illegal activity, drug abuse, harassment and all kinds of fraud.”
The fraternity said it was putting Pi Bappa Alpha’s Delta Beta Chapter in the school under administrative suspension.
The 20-year-old Foltz, a sophomore at the University Business College, was left in his apartment by members of the fraternity after the event, where he was found by his roommates, Alto said, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Roommates called 911 and Foltz was transported to hospital in “serious” condition, the lawyer added.
A lawyer for the Foltz family told Fox News that a large amount of alcohol was “consumed in a very short period of time.” While a student whose roommate promises Pi Kappa Alpha with Foltz told WTOL that the promises were said to drink a handle of alcohol on Thursday night.
“I have never seen my roommate more drunk in my life. He immediately went to the bathroom and returned to the toilet in just 15 minutes to an hour and made him vomit,” the roommate told the station.
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The school issued a statement saying it was putting the fraternity on probation. BGSU said it was working with local law enforcement agencies, which “are actively taking the lead in investigating this serious situation.”
“Those who knew Stone remember him as a kind, selfless man with a great sense of humor,” the school added.
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Last week, the University of Virginia in the British Community (VCU) said it was launching a comprehensive review of Greek life on campus as police investigated whether freshman Adam Oaks’ death was linked to a fraternity event.
Paul Best and Stephen Soras of Fox News contributed to this report