Cal State Northridge: Pi Kappa Phi Hazing Was a Factor in Student’s Death

A California State University, Northridge internal investigation has determined that hazing played a role in the death of 19-year-old Armando Villa.

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – An internal investigation conducted by California State University, Northridge has determined that hazing was involved in the death of a Pi Kappa Phi pledge.

Armando Villa, 19, collapsed during a hike organized by the Pi Kappa Phi’s Zeta Mu chapter in the Angeles National Forest in July. Villa and members of his pledge class had been walking barefoot and had run out of water.

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The fraternity has relinquished its CSUN chapter in response to the investigation, NBC Los Angeles reports.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is currently conducting its own investigation. Results of the investigation have not been released.

Individual student culpability will be determined at the end of the investigation into Villa’s death.

On August 19, CSUN officials issued new guidelines for fraternities and sororities that require all campus groups to submit recruitment plans to the school in advance.

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