- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - A Clemson University hearing board has suspended Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity for five years in the wake of the death of a student whose body was found in Lake Hartwell last September.

A statement from the school on Wednesday said the suspension was issued for what it called alleged violations of the student organization conduct code.

School spokeswoman Cathy Sams said the board’s decision is subject to an appeal process and further review.

Sams said an investigation stemmed from reports of incidents that occurred during the new-member education process last fall. That was when the body of 19-year-old Tucker Hipps was found in the lake after he disappeared during a run with fraternity members.

The fraternity issued a statement saying it’s found no evidence Hipps’ death was due to hazing.

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