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Clemson University statement on Tucker Hipps' death

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Clemson University released the following statement on Tuesday regarding the death of sophomore student Tucker Hipps.

Released Sept. 23, 2014:

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the death of student Tucker Hipps, whose body was found Monday in Hartwell Lake near the Highway 93 bridge.

"We are cooperating and will conduct our own investigation," said Gail DiSabatino, Clemson University vice president for student affairs.

Tucker was participating in an early-morning group activity run with fraternity members. He didn't return from the run and wasn't at breakfast, so they began looking for him. Members of the fraternity contacted the Clemson University Police Department to report him missing at 1:45 p.m. Monday.

A police officer found his body in the lake near the Highway 93 bridge about 3:30.

"We're terribly saddened by Tucker's death," said DiSabatino. "It's always tragic when someone so young and promising is lost. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

The university is providing grief counseling to students.

Tuesday morning, the presidents of the 24 member fraternities of the Interfraternity Council voted to suspend education activities for new members until further notice.

Click here to read more on the death investigation and how students, the state are responding to Hipps' death.

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