Ohio University issued a cease-and-desist order today (Tuesday) to the local chapter of the Sigma Pi fraternity after an OU freshman was pronounced dead Monday morning after being found shortly before in a Mill Street rooming house that's allegedly an unofficial annex of that chapter.
The Athens Police Department said Monday that it's investigating the death of 18-year-old Collin L. Wiant, of Dublin, Ohio, who was found “unresponsive” early Monday at 45 Mill St. in Athens. Wiant, a freshman at OU, was pronounced dead after being taken to OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital that morning.
The cease-and-desist order demands that the Epsilon chapter of the international Sigma Pi fraternity immediately cease all organizational activities. The university in a statement said that Wiant was a "recent pledge" of the fraternity chapter.
"The Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility has received information which alleges that your organization has engaged in conduct that puts the health and safety of your members at risk and is not in compliance with the behavioral expectations set out in the Student Code of Conduct," the order reads. "This letter serves as notification that the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity has been assigned an administrative directive to immediately cease and desist all organizational activities."
The university said it was "deeply saddened" in a statement accompanying the cease-and-desist order, and noted that it's cooperating with the Athens Police Department's investigation.
"Collin was a recent pledge of the Epsilon chapter of international social collegiate fraternity Sigma Pi," university spokesperson Carly Leatherwood said in a statement Tuesday. "The off-campus apartment where he was found unresponsive is allegedly an unofficial annex of the Sigma Pi Epsilon chapter. As an abundance of caution, the university has issued an administrative directive to the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Pi immediately cease and desist all organizational activities.
"The Dean of Students has been in contact with Colin’s family, and the University continues to provide support to students and employees affected by this tragic loss," the statement concludes.