(UPDATED) Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity suspended, house vacated



By Wesley Robinson

In response to an ongoing investigation, the UK Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity chapter has been suspended from hosting and participating in fraternity-related events, effective immediately.

UK Police responded to a call to investigate an incident at the fraternity house on 410 Rose Ln. on Friday night. UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said UK student Sean Dunn was arrested and charged with first-degree arson, wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

Dunn declined to comment on the incident.

According to a letter sent by Steve Priepke, SAE national executive director to the UK chapter, the suspension is a “result of the recent and potentially serious risk management violations … also in response to the recent fire-code violations and potential violation of university probation.”

UK spokesman Jimmy Stanton said the university fire marshal has closed the SAE house and its residents will be offered housing in the other UK residence halls for the remainder of the semester.

UK administrators, including Greg Williamson, university fire marshal, and Anthony Beatty, assistant vice president for public safety, met with residents of the SAE house Saturday to inform them the house would be closed for “life and fire safety reasons.”

The Dean of Students will review the alleged violations of the Student Code this week after it receives the police and fire marshal’s report, which will be released Monday.

The national fraternity suspended the UK fraternity Saturday until their investigation is complete. The national organization and UK Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident. The UK chapter will remain suspended until the investigation is complete.

A spokesman for the UK SAE chapter could not be reached for comment.