ITHACA, NY —  After a “serious violation” of its Recognition Policy announced by the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, Cornell University placed Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on interim suspension status as of February 2, according to a statement issued Friday.

The statement elaborates that interim suspension indicates “a pause in the operations of a chapter during which the chapter may not engage in any activities other than operation of its residence.”

These kinds of suspension are typically used when the university receives a credible report that necessitates the organization’s activities cease for “safety of the members, those joining or guests.”

As of yet, there are no indications as to what reports the university received.

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