SAE headquarters addresses student’s death

by Hannah Beausang

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters recently released a statement addressing the death of San Diego State student Tommy Reverand and cited an undergoing investigation within the fraternity.

The statement said Reverand was associated with the fraternity, but was not an initiated brother of the chapter. However, officials said he was not considered a new member or pledge.

The pre-business administration sophomore first joined the chapter in 2012, but was placed on probation last November, according to the statement.

National chapter officials and SDSU’s SAE chapter president were not available for comment regarding Reverand’s status in the fraternity.

Based on current evidence, the headquarters concluded Reverand was not at a chapter or SAE event on the afternoon of his death. SAE headquarters will coordinate with the university and San Diego alumni advisers in the ongoing investigation.

“We extend our sympathies and prayers to his family and friends of during this difficult time,” SAE officials wrote in the statement. 

Director of San Diego State Counseling and Psychological Services Sandy Jorgensen-Funk said the department has reached out to the fraternity to offer group counseling and in-house services to aid the organization in the grieving process. She said those who have been impacted can schedule appointments and meet with a counselor within 24 hours.  

Sources said the university will not release an official statement at this time.

SAE headquarter’s statement was dated Feb. 17, according to the national chapter’s website.