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UB to review Greek-letter organization activities after fraternity incident

The University at Buffalo will launch an internal review into activities of Greek-letter, social fraternal organizations at the school, following an incident last week in which a fraternity pledge ended up in critical condition.

UB will start the review this week, university spokesman John Della Contrada said.

The internal review committee, formed by A. Scott Weber, vice president for student life, will examine each organization's health and safety education programs, policies and practices, with a special focus on anti-hazing.

Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, 18, went into cardiac arrest during a possible fraternity hazing incident at a residence associated with the Sigma Pi fraternity. The Westchester County resident remained in critical condition on Sunday at Buffalo General Medical Center.

Preliminary toxicology tests showed Serafin-Bazan had no drugs on alcohol in his system. Two police sources told The News that fraternity brothers ordered Serafin-Bazan to perform exercises in their University Heights residence late Thursday into early Friday, when he began to experience physical distress.

Within hours of the incident, UB President Satish K. Tripathi suspended the official activities of all Greek-letter, social fraternal organizations. The suspension means those organizations are barred from "recruiting and engaging in new member education activities; participating in university-related events on or off campus as a fraternity or sorority; and conducting meetings regarding fraternity or sorority functions or activities."

UB student victim of possible hazing had no alcohol or drugs in system

About 1,000 students participate in more than 35 recognized social fraternities and sororities affiliated with the campus, school officials said. Sigma Pi's chapter at UB has about 20 members, according to the university.

UB on its website says of hazing and Greek organizations that the university has a "zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing and aggressively pursues any violations of this policy that occur." Whenever there is a serious violation of the student code of conduct, such as hazing, students face suspensions and possible expulsion from the university, according to the school.

Messages to two representatives of Sigma Pi were not returned on Sunday.

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