Police: Binghamton University freshman dies after falling from balcony at frat party

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - UPDATE: Binghamton University is currently conducting an investigation, in collaboration with Binghamton Police, into Donnelly's death.

They have suspended the frat, Alpha Sigma Phi, on an interim basis pending the outcome of the investigation.

A school representative said the Dean of Students Office and Case Management Services met with the Donnelly's parents when they arrived and have been providing them support.

In the meantime, staff from the University Counseling Center (UCC) continue to provide support and counseling services for students who are affected by this death.

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A Binghamton University freshman has died after falling from a fourth-floor balcony outside a party at a frat house, according to Binghamton Police.

Police say 18-year-old Conor Donnelly, of Pearl River, NY, was attempting to climb to a third floor balcony from the fourth floor balcony at a house party hosted by Alpha Sigma Phi on Saturday when he fell.

The party was being held at 92 Front Street in Binghamton.

Autopsy reports indicate that alcohol was a contributing factor.

Police say Donnelly was in the process of pledging to Alpha Sigma Phi’s fraternity.

They say Donnelly’s death was ruled accidental, and there was no evidence that his death was the result of hazing, police say.

The school released the following statement:

Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger is saddened to announce that Conor Donnelly, a Binghamton University freshman from Pearl River, N.Y., died accidentally Saturday, March 18, while off campus. Binghamton Police are investigating and no other details are available at this time.

It is always difficult to lose someone, Stenger said, but it is especially difficult to lose a young member of our campus community so suddenly.

Staff from the University Counseling Center (UCC) is available in UU-215 today for students who are affected by this death and wish to speak with someone. During normal business hours, the UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772.

The incident is still being investigated and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Bureau at 607-772-7080.


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