Kaler responds to fraternity death; calls for safety review and education

The announcement came after a 20-year-old UMN fraternity member was found dead on Wednesday.

Natalie Rademacher

President Eric Kaler published a letter Thursday evening addressed to University of Minnesota Greek life leaders calling for a safety review and further education for all Greek life members after a fraternity member died near campus this week. 

Dylan Fulton, a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, was found dead at the fraternity’s house near the University’s St. Paul campus Wednesday morning. The St. Paul Police Department is investigating the incident and the cause of death has not yet been determined. 

In the letter, Kaler announced that he asked the Office of Student Affairs to help Greek life leaders conduct a safety review of the University Greek life’s practices. 

“The University will provide advice, counsel and facilitators to accelerate this process,” Kaler said in the statement. 

Along with support from the University, Kaler asked for Greek life leaders to seek help from alumni, national and international Greek life leadership to help them move forward with the initiative. 

Kaler also called for University Greek life organizations to implement a policy announced by the National Interfraternity Council last week which will phase out hard alcohol in all its affiliated fraternities by September 2019. 

“I strongly support this move and call on all University of Minnesota chapters… to implement these practices immediately and to consider even stronger measures as soon as possible,” Kaler said.