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December 11, 2013
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
I regret that I must share with you the sad news that one of our students, Chun Hsien Michael Deng, has passed away. Michael was a Baruch freshman from Oakland Garden, Queens, studying Finance. Our deepest sympathies go out to Michael’s family and his friends both at Baruch and at home.
The preliminary reports indicate that Michael died over the weekend while participating in an unsanctioned fraternity pledging event in the Poconos, PA. Until news of the tragic incident was conveyed to us by the president of the national fraternity Pi Delta Psi, 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.
Baruch College has a zero tolerance policy regarding hazing. All fraternities and sororities on Baruch’s campus are required to attend the College’s orientation and training session at the beginning of the academic year, which includes anti-hazing training and literature. 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.
Along with its own internal review, Baruch is cooperating fully with law enforcement as this is investigated.
I encourage any student who feels the need for support to reach out to the Baruch College Counseling Center, which is located in the Annex Building (137 East 25th Street), 9th floor. Students may call the Center at 646-312-2155 or visit the website to set up an appointment. Please note that Counseling Center staff will be holding a special Counseling Session for students in NVC 3-216 tomorrow, Thursday, December 12 at 1pm.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
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