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Cal Poly probes sorority after underage drinking incident

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Cal Poly is investigating an incident in which a student was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center after a night of drinking, according to university officials.

Officials are trying to find out what happened at a Sept. 28 party in which applicants were to find out if they had been accepted to the Alpha Phi sorority. According to the university, someone called 911 when an underage, freshman Cal Poly student required medical attention due to excessive drinking.

The Student Life and Leadership section of Cal Poly is investigating. The findings are scheduled to be revealed at a closed door meeting set for 10 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the University Student Union.

Stephen Lamb, director of Student Life and Leadership, said the investigation was triggered when the student’s father filed a complaint. Lamb said the sorority could face sanctions if it’s found to have been involved.

Cal Poly has been especially watchful of Greek organizations and alcohol since the death of Carson Starkey, a freshman who died Dec. 2, 2008, following a fraternity initiation ritual at which he was compelled to drink large quantities of alcohol. Some Sigma Alpha Epsilon members put Starkey in a vehicle to take him to the hospital but changed their minds, leaving Starkey to die on a mattress.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon was expelled from Cal Poly as a result of Starkey’s death and can’t be reinstated until at least 2033. Five other student Greek organizations have lost their affiliation with the university.

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