03/02/2011 11:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cornell's Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter Temporarily Suspended Following George Desdunes' Death

The Cornell chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been temporarily suspended by the university following the death of student George Desdunes, who was found unconscious in the fraternity house hours before dying in hospital Friday, reports the Cornell Daily Sun.

Although investigations into Desdunes' death are ongoing, university officials told the Sun that the apparent involvement of alcohol in the incident marks a violation of Cornell's chapter recognition policy. Vice president for student and academic services told the Cornell Chronicle that the school's decision was "motivated by what we think is best for the campus at this time."

Until further notice, SAE will be barred from performing member initiations and education programs and from hosting social events. SAE faces a longer suspension or permanent dismissal.