ASU Drops the Hammer on Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Arizona State University is beyond the point of being put on double secret probation.

An ASU spokeswoman says the fraternity -- which has been involved in a pair of high-profile, alcohol-related incidents over the past year -- has had its status as a recognized fraternity chapter at the university revoked.

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The first of those incidents was when one of the fraternity's pledges, freshman Jack Culolias, wandered off from a fraternity event after getting kicked out of the Cadillac Ranch bar the night of November 30.

Culolias had used a fake ID to get in there and drink, and Culolias' mother, a California resident, is the one who filed the missing-person report with police.

Culolias' body was found in a nearby riverbed about two weeks later, although police never suspected foul play.

The other incident was purportedly not a fraternity-sanctioned event, but a 20-year-old student in the fraternity was dumped at a hospital by his "friends" last month after a tequila-drinking contest, which nearly killed the student, who had a .47 blood-alcohol level.

After many shots of tequila, the student, Aidan Mohr, passed out and started to vomit. And, according to one of his pals, his eyes started rolling back into his head.

Mohr's friends then debated with each other on what to do and ended up driving him to another friend's house, who wanted to "evaluate" him. That friend advised a trip to the hospital, so Mohr's "friends" put a note on him, wheeled him into the lobby of a Tempe hospital in a wheelchair, and took off.

Officers went to the hospital later that day on an unrelated matter, and a nurse informed officers about the frat boy with a .47 blood-alcohol level who was "turning blue" when he was being treated at the hospital.

In ASU's statement, which you can read below, officials cite the frat's "disregard for university policies and sanctions previously levied" against them.

This move essentially kicks the frat off campus (they were already living off the campus), keeping them from doing any fraternity activities at ASU.

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 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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