GENESEO — SUNY Geneseo has announced that they are temporarily suspending the Phi Sigma Xi, (‘PHIG‘) fraternity after member Victor Lazarte, 19, was arrested and charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Child for allegedly providing alcohol to an underage girl until she had to be hospitalized for possible alcohol poisoning.
According to a statement from David Irwin, Media Relations Director for SUNY Geneseo, effective immediately all social activities open to only members and/or alums, or any new member activities, are suspended.
“The college will decide on the next steps regarding suspension when we have received and reviewed any and all of the official police reports related to recent incidents reported from that location,” said Irwin. “Basic due process affords students and organizations the right to address the documentation used to potentially hold them accountable for conduct violations.”
Irwin added that as of today, no official report has been shared with the college.
The ‘PHIGS’ have “a long and dark history” with drugs and criminal activity, according to local residents and the Geneseo Police Department. Within the past five years, there has been a successful drug raid on the house resulting in multiple arrests, the death of member Alex Davis, 20, due to an overdose on cocaine and fentanyl, and now the possible alcohol poisoning of an underage girl.
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