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George Desdunes, 19

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George was found unresponsive his fraternity house. After investigating the found University determined that Desdunes, who was a brother at SAE, was provided alcohol “while in the care of certain members and associate members.”  Court filings detailed that a “noose” was tied around his neck so tightly that it left “ligature marks.” The noose, the documents say, was used in addition to zip ties and duct tape during the pledging event." The lawsuit claims that after a hazing event in which he was tied up and given alcohol by pledge members, Desdunes became so intoxicated that he “required immediate medical treatment. Instead, he was taken by the pledges, still bound at the wrists and ankles, and dumped on a couch in the SAE house where he was unattended and left to die.”"  Cornell subsequently withdrew recognition of the fraternity.

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