Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Cal Poly SAE Chapter Suspended After Alcohol Death

Fraternity suspended after possible alcohol-related death of Cal Poly freshman
By Stephen Curran

Cal Poly has suspended the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter following the possible alcohol-related death of a university freshman.

The 18-year-old student, identified by San Luis Obispo Police as Carson Starkey of Austin, Tex., was found unresponsive at a local residence about 6:20 this morning. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he died.

In a statement this afternoon, Cal Poly officials said the university and national chapter of SAE has also suspended all activity at the fraternity until further notice.

Police said Starkey was found by friends who attended an SAE party at a local residence.

“This is a tragedy and we are all heartbroken over the loss of a valued member of our community. Our hearts go out to the family,” said Cornel Morton, vice president for student affairs at Cal Poly. “We are working closely with the family and anticipate meeting with them shortly, to offer our assistance as they navigate this difficult time.”

Cal Poly administrators and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff/Coroner, Cal Poly University Police departments are investigating what role alcohol may have played in Starkey’s death.
© 2008 San Luis Obispo Tribune