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NIU fraternity stripped of its title following student death investigation

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Northern Illinois University's Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity is stripped of its title for now. A student, found dead in the fraternity's house last week was a pledge.

NIU students, both involved in the Greek system and not, came together to put the investigation aside and focus on honoring 19-year-old David Bogenberger's life. But, the case continues the "Pikes" house is being temporarily sanctioned by multiple organizations, including NIU.

"They're not a recognized student organization at this time." -says NIU Communications Director Brad Hoey.

After a candlelight vigil at Northern Illinois University's Martin Luther King Jr. commons, most students headed back to Greek row. Some to the former Pi Kappa Alpha house.

The letters that stood on the building are gone because the fraternity's international office suspended this chapter's charter. We're trying to get more information on why that office is shutting the fraternity down.

As for NIU's sanctions, Communications Director Brad Hoey says because this is a judicial process, the punishment could be up any day.

"The student organization right now has the opportunity to appeal it, so right now there's really no determination as to how long this sanction will exist."

Hoey also doesn't know if the fraternity members can still stay in the house during the suspension.

"Accommodations are being made with on-campus housing for students who wish to move out of the house." -he adds.

Even though they can appeal, Hoey tells me students at the house are being very cooperative. Fraternity members will not talk to us about Bogenberger, his death investigation or today's memorial.

These sanctions are a result of investigation by NIU officials into alleged violations by the fraternity, they're accused of violating the university's student code of conduct.

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