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SDSU Student Autopsy Report Released, Safety Task Force Announces New Rules

Dylan Hernandez in an undated photo uploaded to GoFundMe.

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Above: Dylan Hernandez in an undated photo uploaded to GoFundMe.

San Diego State University freshman Dylan Hernandez had a blood alcohol level of .06% when he died, according to the toxicology report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The autopsy report released Thursday also found cannabis in the 19-year old's blood. University Police said it would evaluate the findings as part of its ongoing investigation into the death of Hernandez, who died after attending a fraternity event in November.

After the event hosted by the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Hernandez returned to his dorm at Tenochca residence hall where he reportedly fell out of bed in the middle of the night. According to the Medical Examiner, the cause of death was accidental blunt force injury of the head.

RELATED: New Details Emerge On Investigation Of SDSU Student’s Death

In response to Hernandez’s death, San Diego State University President Adela de la Torre suspended all 14 university-affiliated fraternities and launched two task forces to investigate student safety and substance abuse. The task forces will present their findings by July.

The Task Force on Student Activities and Safety announced on Friday that it will establish several new rules surrounding student organization activities including a Good Samaritan Policy to encourage students to report unsafe drug or alcohol consumption without facing penalties.

RELATED: SDSU President Announces Task Forces In Response To Student Death

Based on the task force's recommendations, the university will also require recruitment events for university-affiliated fraternities to occur between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. starting in Fall 2020. Phi Gamma Delta, which hosted the event attended by Hernandez, is one of the fraternities not eligible for recruitment in during the Spring 2020 semester.

The Medical Examiner's report comes a week after a report from The San Diego Union-Tribune raised questions about the thoroughness of the University Police's investigation. University Police declined to be interviewed about the autopsy, but investigators are asking anyone with additional information to contact them at

Reported by Joe Hong


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opening quote marksclosing quote marksAs an education reporter, I'm always looking for stories about learning. My favorite education stories put a student's face on bigger policy issues. I regularly sift through enrollment data, test scores and school budgets, but telling student-centered stories is my top priority.

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