An arrest was made Wednesday in connection with the November 2014 death of West Virginia University student, Nolan Burch.Richard Schwartz, 20, of Williamsville, N.Y., was arrested by the Morgantown Police Department and charged with one count of hazing and one count of conspiracy to commit hazing, according to court documents.
Schwartz, also a member of Kappa Sigma, was Burch’s “big brother” in the big/little initiation ceremony. He is also from the same hometown as Burch.
Schwartz is accused of providing a bottle of liquor for Burch and also helping carry him back to the fraternity house after he was found unresponsive. Burch later died as a result of acute ethanol intoxication due to his involvement in the fraternity event, according to the criminal complaint.
WVU issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon after the charges were made:
The medical emergency and subsequent death, reportedly stemmed from a Kappa Sigma “big brother” activity – even though the chapter was not a recognized organization on campus.
‘We are still grieving over Nolan’s untimely death and for his family, who has faced such sadness and loss,’ said Corey Farris, dean of students.
As to the criminal complaint, that is a legal matter that will need to take its course, Farris said.