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WVU Cancels Bus Trip to New York for Student's Funeral Service Citing Snowstorm

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Due to a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, a bus trip for the funeral service of WVU Freshman Nolan Burch has been cancelled, according to WVU.  Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgantown will hold a memorial service in celebration of Nolan's life at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 20.


West Virginia University is offering a bus ride to Buffalo, New York for students who want to attend a funeral service Thursday for Nolan Burch.

Burch's funeral service will be held Thursday, November 20 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York.  The bus will leave from the Mountainlair at 3:30 a.m. and from Summit Hall at 3:45 a.m.  Students will return to Morgantown following the service.

Students interested in attending the funeral can contact  Heidi Muller at Heidi.Muller@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-9782.


Nolan Michael Burch, 18, of Buffalo, New York died Friday, said West Virginia University President Gordon Gee.

"Words cannot describe the heartache we, as a West Virginia University family, feel at the loss of one of our own - Nolan Michael Burch - who passed away today," said WVU President E. Gordon Gee."The outpouring of love and support from his friends and this community has been what you would expect from Mountaineers, and I would ask that you continue to keep the Burch family and many friends in your thoughts and prayers," said Gee.  Morgantown Police responded to an unknown medical emergency at 200 Belmar Avenue Wednesday night and found that Burch was unresponsive. 

The WVU Inter-Fraternity Council and Panhellenic Council has scheduled a candlelight vigil for 6 p.m. Friday on the Mountainlair Plaza.

West Virginia University suspended all Greek activities on campus following the incident.  The operations of the chapter of Kappa Sigma have been suspended since mid-October due to previous unrelated violations of Kappa Sigma's Code of Conduct, said the fraternity in a statement.  The chapter and WVU were notified on Monday, November 10, prior to the incident that the group's charter had been withdrawn and its operations had been closed. "While we investigate, the fraternity is focused on working with the university to ensure that the proper support and counseling is available to the individual members of our former chapter," said the fraternity.

Morgantown Police continue to investigate the events that led to Burch's death. 


The Morgantown Police Department issued a press release on Thursday regarding the incident that happened on November 12, regarding a West Virginia University student in critical condition. West Virginia University suspended all Greek activities on campus on Thursday evening.

The press release said that at approximately 11:52 p.m., officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to 200 Belmar Avenue for an unknown medical emergency. Upon arrival, officers discovered an 18-year-old student unresponsive at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Nolan Michael Burch, 18, of Buffalo, New York. His family has been notified by police and the university.

An officer performed CPR and emergency personnel took over life sustaining first aid procedures. Burch was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital and he remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

Morgantown Police Department and WVU Police are working in collaboration to identify and interview pledges and fraternity members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. The fraternity is suspected to be with the victim prior to his current condition.

Anyone that may have information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Morgantown Police Department Detective Unit at 304-284-7522.


All Greek activities surrounding fraternities and sororities at West Virginia University have been placed on a moratorium following two recent incidents involving fraternity members.

One incident happened Thursday at a WVU fraternity house, which was described as a "catastrophic medical emergency", said a WVU press release. The other incident involved 19 students from the Sigma Chi fraternity who were cited or arrested for creating a disturbance in South Park on November 6.  Both incidents are under investigation by University and Morgantown Police. 

"First, our hearts, prayers and support go out to the student who is gravely ill and his family. Right now that is our utmost concern," said Dean of Students Corey Farris, Inter-Fraternity Council President Ansh Kumar and Panhellenic Council President Rachel Poe in a news release.

Officials from Student Life have met with the family involved and are offering counseling services for friends and loved ones, said the news release. 

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