BOWLING GREEN, Ohio(3-7-21) – Bowling Green State University, Alex Solis, deputy chief of staff and University spokesperson, shared the following summary of a campus-wide email sent to students, faculty and staff on the passing of student Stone Foltz.

“This evening, BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers emailed students, faculty and staff. He was saddened to share BGSU student Stone Foltz, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away today.

Stone was 20 years old and a sophomore in the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business. Those who knew Stone remember him as a kind, selfless person with a great sense of humor. The University mourns his tragic loss and shares in his family and friends’ sorrow. BGSU is collecting sympathies for his family.

Students can connect directly with counselors with the BGSU Counseling Center, who are available both remotely and in person. Faculty and staff can access support through the University’s Employee Assistance Program.

As President Rogers mentioned, BGSU can find comfort and inspiration in Stone’s memory and called on the University community to keep his parents, family and friends in their thoughts during this very difficult time.”

In another email on the situation –

“Bowling Green State University has placed Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on interim suspension for alleged hazing activity. Local law enforcement and University investigations continue. Given that Pi Kappa Alpha is not currently recognized as a registered student organization, the fraternity’s Greek letters were removed from its on-campus residence this morning.”

Bowling Green State University placed Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on interim suspension for alleged hazing activity. We are working with local law enforcement, who are actively taking the lead in investigating this unfolding situation. 

This tragic incident has certainly impacted our students and community. BGSU is committed to not just the student conduct and law enforcement investigations, but a full inquiry into each Greek chapter’s prevention and compliance responsibilities under University policies prohibiting hazing. These University processes and policies have been established to set high expectations and standards and to enforce compliance and ensure the safety of all students. This morning, we began to meet with our student leaders to decide the short- and long-term future of fraternity and sorority life at BGSU. In the days to come, we will also be reviewing all other student organizations.

Above all, we remain committed to supporting the student’s family and friends. They are living every loved one’s worst nightmare, and we owe them the utmost respect and privacy at this time. 

While our community deserves a space to process this tragic incident and we cannot censor freedom of speech, we strongly encourage those who are sharing their opinions and potentially misleading details on social media to cease and recognize that the student’s family and friends are in those same spaces reliving the trauma and grief from these comments.