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Student falls from window of fraternity house

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A 19-year-old female student at West Virginia University remained in the hospital Tuesday after falling from a window on the second floor of a fraternity house last week.

The student fell late Thursday night out of a window at the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house, Morgantown Police Lt. Matt Solomon said. She hit and continued down a stairwell after falling from the window, Solomon said.

 She was in good condition Wednesday afternoon at Ruby Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The lieutenant did not mention the circumstances surrounding the incident but said it appeared to be an accident. Alcohol was involved, he said.

The department could investigate the circumstances as more information becomes available, but Solomon said the case is closed for now.

Ron Justice, director of Student Organization Services at WVU, said he was aware of the circumstances. His organization oversees fraternities and sororities. He said he was aware the situation involved an underage student allegedly under the influence of alcohol falling from a window, but he said there's nothing concerning the incident that warrants further digging and the fraternity doesn't face any punishment.

"Nothing as far as activity. . .that would implicate the fraternity in any way," Justice said. "It was an accident."

The house, located at 672 North High St., is off campus and the property does not belong to the university, Justice said. As such, it's up to Morgantown police to determine whether to look at the case further.

His office is concerned because the situation involves university students, but it won't investigate the situation further unless the department provides more information. The fraternity's national headquarters were contacted, and Justice said it's up to them to determine whether the fraternity would face any penalty or sanctions.

This is not the first time a student has been injured after falling from a structure or residence in Morgantown.

Last year Brian Weithenauer, 19, died after falling more than 40 feet from a platform above Rain, a nightclub at 250 High St. Police said that fall also was an accident.

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