Dartmouth College Student’s Mysterious Death Prompts Hazing Investigation

Dartmouth College Student's Mysterious Death Prompts Hazing Investigation
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A Dart­mouth Col­lege stu­dent, 20-year-old Won Jang, was found dead in the Con­necti­cut Riv­er, spark­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion into whether haz­ing played a role in his trag­ic demise.

Jang, a mem­ber of the Beta Alpha Omega fra­ter­ni­ty, was last seen on Sat­ur­day night at a par­ty near the Dart­mouth boathouse along the river. 

He was report­ed miss­ing the fol­low­ing day when he failed to show up for an event, and his body was dis­cov­ered in the riv­er that evening.

Author­i­ties have received inquiries about the pos­si­bil­i­ty that Jang’s death was linked to exces­sive drink­ing or hazing. 

“We received some emails from the col­lege that indi­cat­ed alco­hol may be involved or haz­ing may be involved,” said Hanover, New Hamp­shire Police Chief Char­lie Den­nis. “Cer­tain­ly, we will look into that aspect, too.”

In Jan­u­ary, Beta Alpha Omega was one of four fra­ter­ni­ties at Dart­mouth that were sus­pend­ed due to vio­la­tions of com­mu­ni­ty standards. 

Sus­pen­sions can be issued for repeat­ed mis­con­duct or for actions deemed seri­ous enough to war­rant a tem­po­rary halt in activities.

Jang, a bio­med­ical engi­neer­ing major and mem­ber of the class of 2026, was described by Dart­mouth’s Dean of the Col­lege, Scott Brown, as some­one who “whole­heart­ed­ly embraced oppor­tu­ni­ties at Dart­mouth to pur­sue his aca­d­e­m­ic and per­son­al pas­sions.” Brown expressed con­do­lences to the cam­pus com­mu­ni­ty fol­low­ing the trag­ic loss.

The inves­ti­ga­tion into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Jang’s death is ongo­ing, with a tox­i­col­o­gy report expect­ed to take sev­er­al months to com­plete. Dart­mouth and the fra­ter­ni­ty have been con­tact­ed for fur­ther comment.

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