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University of Texas fraternity shuts down after hazing report

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon national headquarters in Evanston, Ill. The SAE chapter at UT-Austin has been shut down.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon national headquarters in Evanston, Ill. The SAE chapter at UT-Austin has been shut down.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Texas at Austin has been shut down after officials received a report of a hazing incident.

The Texas Rho chapter, which was founded at UT Austin in 1882, will be suspended for at least four years as a result of "health-and-safety concerns," according to a statement on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national website.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon staff received the hazing report from the fraternity's anonymous hazing hotline. After an investigation, "our leadership took swift action to intervene with a group that was not living up to our values and not complying with many of our health-and-safety policies," the statement said.

"Although we regret the closure of any chapter, there are situations in which it becomes necessary and warranted," the statement said.

Two chapter members were accused in 2015 of assaulting a man who had complained about loud music, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Joseph Hardgrove and John Bass were charged with assault.

Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684; @ryanosbornefwst

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