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WVU issues interim suspension of students, SAE chapter

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West Virginia University today (Nov. 15) placed a number of students on interim suspension, and additional students may face disciplinary action, related to events that occurred at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house Nov. 10, 2018.

David Rusko, 22, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, a senior finance major, fell down stairs at the house while visiting with fellow brothers. His visit was not part of any organized fraternity event.

During the fall, Rusko was rendered unconscious. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment related to his injuries.

An initial University Police investigation has focused on what happened in the time between Rusko’s fall and a call made by fraternity members to 911.

Officers have discovered that more than two hours lapsed between Rusko’s fall and the 911 call.

Based on the evidence found concerning that two-hour period, the University felt compelled to issue the individual interim suspensions, as well as place the SAE chapter on interim suspension. The fraternity’s national office was also notified and issued its own cease and desist notice. Students and the fraternity may appeal the interim suspension.

“We are a family here at West Virginia University. I am deeply disappointed in the apparent actions and inactions of these students, and the decisions that were made,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. “As our investigation moves ahead, we remain very concerned about David’s condition. He will continue to be in our prayers.”

-WVU-

ak/11/15/18

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