A 15-year suspension for Nevada fraternity where a pledge died

RENO, Nev. – A fraternity on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, where an 18-year-old pledge died in October, has been suspended for 15 years for violating the school’s alcohol policy.

The school said in a statement Tuesday, the Office of Student Conduct launched an investigation into the Sigma Nu Fraternity on Oct. 17 after learning of the first-year promise candidate was injured at the fraternity house the day before.

The Reno Gazette-Journal, Ryan Abele of Concord, California, fell down a staircase and then a torn artery to the brain. He died 12 days later.

In addition to the alcohol violation, UNR said Sigma Now broke student behavior codes and an agreement with respect to the recognition of fraternizes and sororities.

Sigma Now has until Dec. 29 to appeal. The school says a separate investigation led by the campus police is continuing.

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