Frat investigated after Buff State student dies

Posted at 1:49 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 08:52:22-05

A Buffalo State fraternity is under investigation after the death of a 21-year-old student.

Bradley Doyley, of Brooklyn, died at Buffalo General Medical Center Thursday night. Doyley was on track to graduate in the spring with a degree in business. He also played for the Bengals men’s basketball team during his first two and a half years at the college.

"His loss will undoubtedly be felt throughout our community. My heart goes out to his cherished family and friends." said Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner, in statement posted online.

Buffalo Police are investigating an allegation that this death may be linked to a hazing incident at an off-campus Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house. While the investigation is conducted, the campus chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has been suspended by both the college and the fraternity’s national governing body.

College officials said Doyley was not a member of the frat and was not pledging. "He had not completed the application process with the national fraternity," said a spokesperson for the school. 

A moment of silence will be held in Doyley's honor before Friday night's basketball game at Buff State. 

Officials with the national Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity released the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News: 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is aware of an allegation made regarding an alleged incident on the campus of Buffalo State College. We are unable to comment about any allegations at this time. The situation is currently under investigation and the chapter has been placed on a cease and desist, suspending all chapter activities, which is a part of our standard protocol when the national headquarters has received an allegation regarding any of its chapters.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. does not condone and strictly prohibits any illegal acts including hazing in any form whether physical or mental as a term or condition of membership in the organization. Any member found violating the fraternity anti-hazing policy will be immediately suspended with a recommendation for expulsion. In addition, the fraternity will cooperate with law enforcement to ensure that any person found to be violating the law will be brought to justice.

Any individual found to have participated in or knowingly allowed any hazing activity or any illegal act does not support the mission, vision, or aims of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has taken several steps in efforts to prevent and eliminate hazing. As an advocate, supporter and participant in hazing prevention initiatives with organizations like Hazingprevention.org, the Novak Institute, and the Greek Anti-Hazing Hotline, Alpha Phi Alpha is educating members and those who are interested in membership about this issue that impacts our communities.