UW-Stout chancellor statement on student death

From UW-Stout Chacellor Charles Sorenson‘s statement following the death of student Brad Simon and the criminal charging of two Stout hockey players.

I was severely disappointed today to hear about the alleged behavior that led to the charges brought against two UW-Stout students, one who has played for our hockey team for three years and one who was recruited to play for the team.

I cannot comment on the specifics of the case. The Menomonie Police Department, assisted by our campus police department, has done a remarkable job in investigating the incident. We have been kept informed of the major developments as they affected UW-Stout, and I have directed everyone on campus to give the investigators their full cooperation.

Here are the steps I am taking light of today’s developments:

• I have instructed the Dean of Students to take strong and appropriate student disciplinary action in this case.

• We will study the results of the police investigation and use that and other information in determining the status of individual hockey players.

• We will continue to press for solutions to high risk alcohol use, which will require the involvement of the student body, faculty, staff and the community.

This is a tragedy for everyone involved. Obviously, the Simon family will be affected forever. We have two other students who face serious legal consequences. Our hockey team’s reputation is at stake as well.

We are vitally concerned for the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff. UW-Stout has zero tolerance for behavior that causes harm to self or other members of our community.

While it’s too early to say exactly what role alcohol played in Simon’s death, Sorenson has been proactive about taking on Stout’s drinking culture, a stance which was greeted with some social network derision earlier this year.

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