COLLEGE STATION- Officials at Texas A&M University are clarifying the status of a local fraternity that's received national attention following the death of one of its members last weekend at the organization's College Station house.
"The fraternity has not had a required advisor for the past several months. It recently started the re-application process to become one of the more than 1,000 officially “recognized student organizations” at Texas A&M. The recognition process is ongoing—thus approval of the Sigma Nu application has not been granted," said Amy Smith, Texas A&M Senior Vice President for Marketing & Communications.
"Recognized student organizations have access to campus resources and are required to adhere to strict university policies, rules and procedures. The Sigma Nu fraternity house is located off campus and not a property of Texas A&M University," said Smith.
New details were released Tuesday on the sudden student death at Sigma Nu's house and the ongoing investigation into drug activity inside.
Sigma Nu Fraternity Executive Director Brad Beacham tells KBTX the Texas A&M chapter of the organization has "ceased its own activities for the time being."
"The fraternity supports this action," said Beacham.
A 19-year-old member of the group died Saturday following an overnight party at the house on Fraternity Row in College Station.
College Station police believe Anton Gridnev, from Frisco, died of a drug overdose.
Police confirmed today members of the house moved Gridnev's body after finding him unconscious Saturday morning. College Station police told KHOU-TV in Houston the teen was moved to help cover up drug activity inside the house.
Investigators found ecstasy, LSD and marijuana inside the house during their investigation.
Four members of the fraternity were arrested and booked into the county jail on drug-related charges. Three others were given citations.
College Station police say its working with the Brazos County District Attorney's Office to determine if more charges will be filed.