An 18-year-old UC Irvine student died over the weekend after going to a party, and his fraternity has been suspended indefinitely amid a police investigation, the student’s father and school officials said Monday.
Noah Caleb Domingo, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, apparently was participating in a rush week event for his fraternity when he attended a “big brother/little brother” party on Friday night, according to his father.
The following morning, the student’s parents received a phone call informing them of their son’s death, Dale Domingo told KTLA.
He said he has no idea how Noah Domingo died.
Edgar Dormitorio, the university’s interim vice chancellor of student affairs, confirmed that police are investigating the case.
More information about the investigation was not immediately available.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been placed on suspension, meaning it must cease all activities during the investigation, Dormitorio said in a statement.
He added that he could not disclose details of the case because of the investigation. He also did not release information about the student.
“We will … closely examine the larger context in which this tragedy occurred and will be working with the Greek community to help ensure that they are engaging in behaviors and practices that are in alignment with university policies and their own values,” Dormitorio said.
The university also will be working with fraternities and sororities at the school to provide support to any affected members of that community.
“Our hearts go out to the student’s family and community of friends who have been impacted by this incident,” Dormitorio wrote in the statement.
He said students who needs assistance should contact the university’s counseling center at (949) 824-6457 or counseling.uci.edu.