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MIT Suspends SAE For Alcohol Incident

Underage Wellesley Student Hospitalized After Allegedly Drinking at Boston Frat

By Douglas E. Heimburger

MIT has again suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity following an alleged incident of underage drinking at the house.

A 19-year-old Wellesley student was taken by ambulance to Metro West Hospital in Natick after returning to Wellesley from an SAE party on Sept. 2.

The student was part of a group of eight students who traveled by the MBTA to attend the party around midnight. SAE members transported six students, all freshmen, back to Wellesley at 1:30 a.m., according to a press release from the News Office.

After returning to Wellesley, the companions of the student called the Wellesley Campus Police, who arranged for an ambulance transport.

Boston Police visited the fraternity, located at 484 Beacon Street, on Sept. 9 and issued citations for serving alcohol to a minor, blocking stairways, and not posting their housing license. The fraternity will appear at a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board on Oct. 26.

According to Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin, the CPs have completed an investigation into the incident and forwarded results to Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams.

Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates said that she was “concerned” about the event and that the Dean’s Office’s investigation into the affair is continuing. Citing privacy reasons, she declined to comment further on the matter.

The Interfraternity Council is “not currently investigating” the incident, said Judicial Committee Chair Patrick D. Kremer ’00. “At this time we have not decided upon an appropriate course of action.”

“Because of the seriousness of the charge, it is being handled at a higher level,” said Neal H. Dorow, Assistant Dean of Residential Life and Student Life Programs.

Dorow, who advises fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, said that the IFC will be included in the process “in a manner to be determined.”

In April 1998, SAE was suspended after allegedly serving alcohol to a prospective student during Campus Preview Weekend. Subsequently, the fraternity was fined $2,000 by the IFC and banned from having alcohol on its premises until June 11 of this year.

SAE was also suspended by the Dean’s Office following the incident and was barred from rushing the Class of 2002. Since its suspension was lifted in January, the house has been on Dean’s Office probation.

In a letter published in The Tech in August 1998, then-SAE President Wesley T. Harrington ’99 said the house had decided to be alcohol free.

Members of SAE declined comment when reached by phone last night.