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Clemson administrators cancel fraternity activities

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Clemson University officials announced on Tuesday they have suspended all social and new-member initiation activities of 24 fraternities due to several recent reports of violations of the law and student code.

The announcement comes just one day after student Tucker Hipps was found dead in the Seneca River after participating in an early-morning activity run with fraternity members.

Student Affairs Vice President Gail DiSabatino told FOX Carolina the school has received an unprecedented number of allegations of violations of their conduct codes over the last 2-3 weeks.

"It is especially prudent to suspend fraternity activities given the tragic death of Tucker Hipps. There has been a high number of reports of serious incidents involving fraternity activities, ranging from alcohol-related medical emergencies to sexual misconduct," said DiSabatino in a press release.

"These behaviors are unacceptable and mandate swift and effective action to protect students. There is no higher priority than the safety and welfare of our students," said DiSabatino.

DiSabatino said there are currently 15 investigations underway amongst the 24 fraternities. The investigations are looking into 5 hazing allegations, 3 sexual assault allegations and 7 alcohol related offenses.

She said campus police and several local law enforcement jurisdictions are investigating the allegations.

The school said in a news release the Interfraternity Council voted to suspend activities earlier in the week.

All new member activities have stopped and now initiation pledges must happen by Friday.

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