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SUNY Geneseo death: Note from President

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SUNY Geneseo president’s new statement on the death of Arman Partamian

SUNY Geneseo President Christopher Dahl has released a statement on the death of Arman Partamian:

Dealing with the tragic and untimely death of a student is one of the most difficult tasks I or any college president can face. I send my deepest sympathies to Arman’s family, friends and fellow students.  He was a promising and talented student who was making a difference with his campus and community involvement.  While the official police report is pending, alcohol consumption was probably a factor in his death. Given this information, we are resolved to continue our aggressive educational efforts to ensure that all of our students are aware of the dangers of hazing and excessive alcohol consumption.

The organization that allegedly sponsored the party where Arman died is not affiliated with or recognized by the College or its Office of Greek Affairs. We are adamant about educating all students on campus — including those involved in our legitimate Greek organizations – regarding College policies on hazing and alcohol consumption. For example, new pledges of recognized fraternities and sororities are required to take a workshop on hazing policies.  In addition, our fraternities and sororities sign an anti-hazing pledge each semester acknowledging that they know, understand and will abide by hazing policies.  Each group has an advisor who is, in nearly all cases, a member of the College’s faculty or staff.

We strongly condemn irresponsible organizations that ignore the expectations and values of the College, recruit students like Arman and then encourage behavior that puts their lives at risk. We will continue to do all that is legally within our power to eliminate the detrimental influence these renegade organizations have on our students and community.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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