CSUN Implements New Guidelines After Death of Fraternity Pledge

Armando Villa, 19, was hiking in the Angeles National Forest in early July. He and other Pi Kappa Phi pledges were barefoot and had little water when they set out to hike. Villa passed out and later died at the hospital.

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    After accusations of fraternity hazing and the death of a pledge in July, new guidelines are in effect at Cal State Northridge requiring all fraternities and other clubs to submit their recruitment plans to the university in advance. Armando Villa's family says the new rules are bittersweet. Kim Baldonado reports from Northridge for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

    California State University, Northridge announced new guidelines Tuesday in response to last month’s hazing death of a teen who was pledging a fraternity.

    Effective immediately, all fraternities and campus clubs will be required to submit recruitment plans to the school in advance.

    Nineteen-year-old Armando Villa died while on a fraternity pledge hike in Southern California's Angeles National Forest in early July. He and other Pi Kappa Phi pledges were barefoot and had little water when they set out to hike in the mountains north of Los Angeles.

    Villa passed out and later died at the hospital.

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    "We want justice, we want truth, we want anybody with any kind of information that was there that day on that mountain, we want to know what happened," Villa’s aunt Maria Castaneda said.

    Castaneda said that her nephew wanted to join a fraternity so he could bring about change from within. A note dated April 24 and found on Villa's cell phone after he died said in part that "hazing should be stopped." The note added that hazing leads to "the fraternities downfall."

    The new campus guidelines are bittersweet for Villa’s family.

    "I always knew he was going to make a difference, I just didn't realize it was going to take his life to change things,” Castaneda said.

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    The family of a CSUN student are demanding answers after he was killed while hiking with members of a fraternity he was pledging. Relatives believe he was the victim of a hazing ritual. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014. (Published Thursday, Jul 3, 2014)

    Pi Kappa Phi has been suspended of all activities while the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department conducts their investigation. CSUN has also hired its own private investigator, and those findings are expected to be released next month.