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ASU boots fraternity in wake of well-publicized incidents

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TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

An Arizona State University fraternity has had its chapter recognition revoked.

ASU said Sigma Alpha Epsilon was notified in a letter on June 10 and the group will not be eligible to apply for recolonization until September 2017 - and only with written approval of the Dean of Students. Fraternities and sororities not affiliated with the university do not have access to resources available to registered student organizations and cannot participate as an organization in university events and activities. ASU said the SAE chapter had already been suspended and was not registered with the university.

The move comes in the wake of a series of well-publicized incidents where one member, Aidan Mohr, with a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit, was left at a Tempe hospital with a Post-it note attached to his body to alert doctors he had been in a drinking competition earlier in the night. [Related: ASU student left at hospital with Post-it note, BAC of 0.47 percent] 

In December, the fraternity drew local and national headlines when another of its members, Jack Culolias, 19, drowned in the Salt River in Tempe. He had been at a fraternity party at a bar in the Tempe Marketplace on Nov. 30 and was kicked out for urinating off a balcony, police said. His blood-alcohol level was 0.28 percent, according to an autopsy. [Related: Autopsy report: ASU student drowned in Salt River]

ASU has dealt with incidents at other fraternities on campus. On April 28, three people were arrested after a brawl involving five members of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Police said they went as far as to smash one fraternity member in the face. After the beating, witnesses said the suspects fired several shots into the air.

ASU has more than 20 active fraternities, but only a few seem to be associated with the recent string of problems. Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon were both suspended by the university during this past academic year.

The university released the following statement Monday night:

"Recent incidents involving fraternities are not representative of the more than 73,000 ASU students who work, study diligently and stay out of trouble. Nor are they characteristic of the majority of Greek members that contribute to both the university and local community through their leadership and philanthropic efforts, raising more than $250,000 in charitable organization donations and contributing more than 30,000 community service hours this past academic year.

"ASU does not tolerate individual or organizational behavior inconsistent with our mission as an educational institution and takes action accordingly. All students and student organizations are subject to the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/outreach/abor_code.htm Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members officials were recently informed that their recognition as a fraternity chapter at ASU has been revoked.

"Members displayed disregard for university policies and sanctions previously levied against the chapter - such as interim suspension and student code of conduct violations - and their conduct conflicts with the fundamental values and ideals of both the fraternity and the university."

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