GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo has released the following statement on the anniversary of Phi Sigma Xi (PHIG) brother Alex Davis’ death at the PHIG fraternity house at 72 Center Street, in light of the arrests of brothers Richard Rovner and Michael Green Tampering with Physical Evidence, an E Felony, and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, an A misdemeanor, in connection to Davis’ death:
“Today is the one-year anniversary of the passing of Alex Davis. His family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers.
The college learned this morning of the charges against the two Geneseo students related to the investigation of the circumstances of Alex’s death. Because we were just notified of this, the issue is still under review by college officials. College conduct procedures will likely be enacted once college conduct officials have had the chance to complete their review of the information obtained from local authorities.
Conduct charges also are likely against the Phi Sigma Xi fraternity, which is currently on suspension based on a more recent report of underage student drinking at a fraternity party. The status of that organization will be determined at a later date as well.
As per college policy, the outcome of a Student Conduct Board can, among other possibilities, result in a student being suspended or dismissed from Geneseo, or a local organization possibly losing its college recognition. Phi Sigma Xi is a local fraternity with no national affiliation. The college does not own or control the Phi Sigma Xi fraternity house, as it is a privately owned residence.
The college has in place aggressive drug and alcohol education programs that touch every student at multiple points during their campus experience, and will continue to reach out to our students with a message of the associated risks.”
According to Geneseo Police, the following incidents comprise the 10-year history of investigations at the PHIG house to date:
2005: 10 calls to the residence, 2 loud noise arrests.
2006: 11 calls to the residence, 1 female taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Unable to identify who provided her with the alcohol. 1 drug arrest for marijuana.
2007: 20 calls to the residence, 2 loud noise arrests, 1 assault arrest.
2008: 22 calls to the residence, 2 loud noise arrests.
2009: 9 calls to the residence, 1 loud noise arrest, fraternity charged with a civil penalty by the DA’s Office.
2010: 6 calls to the residence, No arrests.
2011: 11 calls to the residence, search warrant executed for drug activity- numerous arrests.
2012: 4 calls to the residence, no arrests.
2013: 9 calls to the residence, no arrests.
2014: 12 calls to the residence, 1 underage intoxicated male, ambulance call. 1 drug arrest for marijuana.
2 underage intoxicated females. Caller was University Police. Females would not implicate the members. Alex Davis drug overdose call.
2015: 2 calls to the residence, 1 loud noise arrest, 1 Unlawful Dealing with a Child arrest – provided alcohol to an underage female, 2 arrested for Tampering with Physical Evidence and Conspiracy in Davis death investigation.
PHOTO CAPTION: Top – 72 Center Street, the PHIG fraternity house. Inset – PHIG brothers Richard Rovner, 23, of Buffalo, and Michael Green, 20, Brooklyn, arrested Monday morning on Tampering with Physical Evidence, an E Felony, and Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, an A misdemeanor.
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