Fraternity closes at Ga. college; student taken to hospital after drinking too much

A signpost outside the headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in Evanston, Illinois.
A signpost outside the headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon in Evanston, Illinois.

Credit: Maureen Downey

Credit: Maureen Downey

A fraternity at the University of North Georgia has been closed after an underage student was taken to the hospital after drinking too much.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon shut down its UNG chapter after the hospital visit sparked an investigation, Channel 2 Action News reported. A university spokeswoman told the news station that the incident arose in December, when a group of SAE brothers drank together at someone’s house near the Dahlonega campus.

The school investigated because underage drinking is against its code of conduct.

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SAE’s national office said the chapter’s closure “is a result of health and safety violations and an inability to adhere to the national organization’s standards and guidelines.”

The fraternity was already under probation for alcohol use, Channel 2 reported.

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SAE last made national headlines when a member of its University of California, Irvine chapter was found dead in a home near campus in January, The Associated Press reported. The chapter was suspended.

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