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San Diego State fraternity where student died is suspended

April 25, 2012 |  9:40 am

The Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at San Diego State University, where a student was found dead

The fraternity where a San Diego State University student was found dead last week has been suspended from holding parties and other programs until an investigation into the death is completed, university officials announced Wednesday.

Any activities at the Phi Kappa Theta house during the suspension "must be completely alcohol- and drug-free," the university said.

The San Diego County medical examiner has said that 20-year-old Barzeen Barzanji had attended a party at the fraternity the night before he was found in bed "unresponsive'' Friday morning.

The cause or manner of death will be made public after further examinations and toxicology tests have been completed, according to the medical examiner. The initial investigation has ruled out foul play, according to university officials.

Barzanji, a criminal justice major, was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. An Iranian, he lived in Santee and worked as a server at a local restaurant. He graduated from a local high school in 2009 and was a junior at San Diego State.

The decision to suspend the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity was made by university officials. During the suspension, no activities will be allowed at the fraternity house except those approved by the Office of Student Life and Leadership. No guests will be allowed without prior approval.

 Any violation of the rules "will result in more severe sanction," the university announced.


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Photo: The Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house at San Diego State University, where a student was found dead. Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images.