Clemson suspends fraternity activities after death

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Posted: Sep 24, 2014 1:13 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University has suspended all fraternity activities after a student's death and reports of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct.

Vice President for Student Affairs Gail DiSabatino said in a statement Wednesday that all 24 fraternities are affected.

She says the school enacted the ban after reports of possible criminal activities and violations of the university's code of conduct, ranging from alcohol-related medical emergencies to sexual misconduct.

The move comes on the heels of 19-year-old Tucker Hipps' death. Authorities say he was running with fraternity brothers Monday and fell behind. He was reported missing, and his body was found under an off-campus bridge. Officials say Hipps fell from the bridge into shallow water and there was no evidence of hazing, but they're investigating.

DiSabatino called the death tragic but didn't tie it to the ban.