Sigma Alpha Epsilon members expect closure

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house is pictured. Photo by Kendyl Seals.

Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon anticipate to be closed for four years after an investigation of a Dec. 7 event that ended in the death of a 23-year-old alumni.

Members were informed at a Sunday night meeting and by an email sent by SAE.

Paul Hamilton Ten Eyck of Maryville, Tennessee, was pronounced dead on Dec. 8 after being found unconscious at the chapter house on 68 W. Fifth St.

His body was sent to Nashville for an autopsy. Investigators are waiting for the toxicology results before releasing additional details, Capt. Bobby Anderson said.

In the email, SAE members described the event as a “long celebrated senior transition night”. On Jan. 10, the Dean of Students Kate Williams sent a letter to SAE president Stephen Mills and alumni member Michael Joyce outlining, “what the school understands to have occured the night of Dec. 7th.”

Williams declined to comment on the fraternity’s status on Tuesday.

“Any time we have any fraternity that is placed on a seized of chapter operations and there’s a investigation that takes place. The results of the investigation will conclude whether or not there was a violation of university policy. From there, the university will decide whether or not to introduce formal conduct charges,” said Williams.

The Oracle is continuing to cover the story. Further details can be found in the Feb. 12 issue of The Oracle.