Three West Virginia University students have agreed to permanently leave the university after an investigation into a November 2018 incident that involved a student falling down the stairs of a fraternity house, and being hospitalized ever since.
This announcement came from the university on Tuesday morning and detailed the disciplinary action for multiple students and the fraternity chapter itself. On November 10, 2018, David Rusko, a West Virginia University senior finance major from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, fell down a set of stairs at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house.
According to university officials, Rusko was at the fraternity house with his fellow fraternity brothers following a football game against TCU, on November 10. Rusko fell down a set of stairs at the house, which left him unconscious, university officials said. During an investigation into this incident, it was determined that two hours passed between Rusko’s fall and others calling for medical help for him. Rusko was eventually transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital once medical help was called, and was in critical condition.
University officials said that Rusko has remained hospitalized since the fall in November, and that he has recently been transferred to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, which specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation.
Following the extensive investigation into this incident, three students have agreed to a permanent separation from West Virginia University. In addition, the university said that approximately 15 students, not all of whom are fraternity members, have agreed to other disciplinary actions. According to university officials, these disciplinary actions range from deferred suspension to probation, and stem from related Student Conduct Code violations that include aiding and abetting, as well as endangerment.
University officials said that under the deferred suspension agreements for these students, any further violations of the Student Conduct Code during their time at West Virginia University could result in further sanctions, up to and including expulsion. University officials also said the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at WVU, which has a total of 52 members, will remain on interim suspension.
Due to federal privacy regulations, university officials said that there will be no further information released regarding the students involved in this incident, or their identities. These charges are in addition to, and distinct from, any charges that might arise from a separate investigation by the Morgantown Police Department, university officials said.