WVU President: Frat Death Requires Culture Change

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West Virginia University president Gordon Gee says a "culture change" is needed on campus in the wake of a fraternity member's death.

In a statement released Friday, Gee says the death of 18-year-old Nolan Burch signals the need to address excessive alcohol drinking at the university as well as "the irresponsible and reckless behaviors that often follow."

Burch died Nov. 14, two days after officers were called to the Kappa Sigma fraternity house and found someone performing CPR on him.

The Morgantown chapter of Kappa Sigma had been suspended since mid-October.

WVU fraternity activity has been indefinitely suspended.

An official cause of death has not been announced in Burch's death, but media reports suggest it was related to excessive drinking.

Morgantown and WVU university police are investigating.WVU president: Frat death requires culture change