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Sigma Phi Epsilon release statement in death of Tucker Hipps

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The national office of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity released the following statement on Tuesday regarding the death of Clemson University sophomore student Tucker Hipps:

Released Sept. 23, 2014:

Sigma Phi Epsilon is saddened to learn about the death of Clemson student Tucker Hipps.

Hipps was a sophomore at the university and a member of SigEp's Clemson chapter. A  representative  from the Fraternity's national office arrived at Clemson on Monday evening and is working with the university to ensure that members of the chapter receive the support and counseling  they need during this difficult time.

Fraternity CEO  Brian Warren said in  a statement Tuesday, "This  is a time  for mourning, and our  hearts and prayers are with the Hipps  family."

The Fraternity is aware of allegations being made through social media that the death was in some way linked to  hazing. SigEp ha a zero tolerance policy regarding hazing and is currently investigating these claims.

Warren responded to the allegations of hazing  saying, "We've lost  the life of a young man, a life  that was taken way too soon. There are a lot of people who are hurting  right now, and that's  our number one priority at the moment. But if foul play was involved in any way, Tucker's fraternity will do everything it can to see that those responsible are brought to justice."

At this time, the national office has asked the chapter to suspended all scheduled programming to focus on supporting those close to Tucker Hipps.

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

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