Student identified in suspected UB hazing incident

Freshman rushed to the hospital in Critical Condition

April 13, 2019 - 3:11 pm
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(WBEN) Sunday Morning Update:

Buffalo Police say they're investigating along with University at Buffalo a potential hazing incident at one of the campus' fraternity houses.

UB identifies the victim of the incident as Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, an 18-year-old freshman. His hometown is Port Chester, N.Y.

He was found outside the frat house on Custer Street not far from the South Campus early Friday morning.

The freshman is a patient at Buffalo General Hospital and reportedly is in critical condition. The Buffalo News this morning is reporting that he did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system and was recently recovering from the flu.

University Police are working closely with Buffalo Police as they investigate the incident involving the Sigma Pi fraternity, and university officials also will conduct an internal review into the fraternity’s activities.

At the direction of UB's President until further notice, the official activities of all fraternities and sororities are suspended.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn told WBEN on Friday that hazing is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in prison.

 

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Buffalo Police say they're investigating along with University of Buffalo a potential hazing incident at one of the campus' fraternity houses.

The University Saturday released the name of the student who was rushed to the hospital after being found outside the house.

UB identifies the victim of the incident as Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, an 18-year-old freshman. His hometown is Port Chester, N.Y.

The statement also indicates the freshaman is a patient at Buffalo General Hospital but does not specify his medical condition due to privacy issues.

University Police are working closely with Buffalo Police as they investigate the incident involving the Sigma Pi fraternity, and university officials also will conduct an internal review into the fraternity’s activities. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to immediately contact University Police at 716-645-2222. Buffalo Police say the student was rushed to the hospital with a serious medical issue.

At the direction of UB President Satish K. Tripathi, effective immediately and until further notice, the official activities of all fraternities and sororities are suspended.

In a statement issued to the university campus this afternoon, Tripathi said, “This morning, I was informed that one of our UB students had been hospitalized with a serious medical condition as the result of a possible hazing incident. We have reached out to the student’s family and are providing all the assistance and comfort we can to them during this incredibly difficult time. I ask you to keep this student – one of our own -- and his family in your thoughts. As the investigation into this very serious matter continues, let me reiterate that our university has zero tolerance for hazing. Not only are hazing incidents a violation of our university policies, but they are also crimes.” 

UB says whenever there is a serious violation of UB’s student code of conduct, such as hazing, students face suspension and the possibility of expulsion from the university.

"I thought I watched someone die," Levontae Armwood, a neighbor of the frat house, said.

Another neighbor, Adam Rodriguez, said that besides the frat house, the neighborhood is usually quiet.

"There's families that live in this house, so thank God there were no kids around here at that time," Rodriguez said.

 

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