UPDATE: University of Iowa fraternity shut down, being investigated for possible sex assault
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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -
A 107-year-old fraternity chapter at the University of Iowa has been shut down due to allegations of hazing.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon national headquarters announced the closing of its Iowa Beta chapter Monday.
Wednesday Iowa City police confirmed they are investigating a possible sexual assault at the SAE house.
Police documents show the victim was an adult woman. The incident happened on Sept. 8th.
It is unclear whether the investigation has anything to do with the University of Iowa SAE chapter's closure. No charges have yet been filed.
About 90 members have been expelled from the fraternity for failure to comply with its governing laws according to a statement from national headquarters.
The members have ten days to move out of the house.
University of Iowa officials say they support the swift decision.
"It's something that is relatively rare. It doesn't happen on a frequent basis, but whenever it does happen, the University does take it very seriously, and it does not tolerate such behavior," said UI spokesperson Tom Moore.
The University of Iowa Office of Student Life is investigating the incident.
A source close to the fraternity wrote to KWWL in an email that the current class had worked hard to improve a troubled image.
The source went on to write that the members made a mistake, but believed the sanctions were inconsistent with those handed down to other SAE chapters on other campuses.
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