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September 15, 2015

Baruch Response to Criminal Charges in Pi Delta Psi Hazing Investigation

To Students, Faculty, and Staff:
As you may have heard in the news, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department has announced criminal charges against 37 people involved in the senseless death of Baruch College freshman Michael Deng. I wanted to share with you my official statement to the media.
"In the wake of Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng's tragic death in December 2013, Baruch College has taken strong action to ensure the safety and well-being of all students who participate in student organizations on campus. Baruch immediately instituted a permanent ban of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity. Starting in the fall of 2014, Baruch also instituted a suspension of all pledging activities for campus Greek Life organizations.
Greek Life is a very small part of the undergraduate culture at Baruch, with less than 100 students participating in fraternities or sororities out of approximately 15,000 undergraduates enrolled at the College. Since the moratorium on pledging that began in the fall of 2014, student participation in Greek organizations has decreased even further, due to the fact that these groups are not able to recruit new pledges/members.
While we cannot comment on the disciplinary status of any individual student due to privacy requirements under Federal law, Baruch conducted its own internal judicial review of students involved in this incident and brought disciplinary proceedings against all of them, except for those who voluntarily withdrew from Baruch College.
We owe it to Michael and his family to hold accountable those who were responsible for the senseless death of this promising young man."
There are no winners here as many lives have been irrevocably changed, and we at Baruch continue to mourn the loss of Michael Deng.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College
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