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Drugging, sexual assault reported last week

October 15, 2015


A security alert sent out Friday night by Campus Safety and Security reported an alleged drugging and possible sexual assault of an undergraduate student.

The student reported that he suspected he was given a date rape drug at the Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) fraternity house, located at 2900 Wyman Pkwy. A sexual assault may have occurred. The location of the possible sexual assault is unknown.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs Kevin G. Shollenberger sent an email to the student body Saturday afternoon to explain the University’s response.

“The university is investigating the report. The use of a date rape drug and the occurrence of a sexual assault have not been confirmed,” Shollenberger wrote. “While the investigation is underway, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has been directed to not hold parties or other events at 2900 or 2902 Wyman Parkway.”

The assailant is as yet unidentified by Security.

Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Calvin Smith, Jr. said his Office is not involved in the investigation.

“Potential sexual assault cases are investigated by the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity. FSL’s role is to work with the chapter in a support capacity,” Smith wrote in an email to The News-Letter.

According to Smith, sororities and fraternities, other than SigEp, are still allowed to hold social events.

“At this time, the only impact for FSL is the directive to SigEp to not hold events or parties at their house during the university investigation,” Smith wrote.

Smith said that students may talk to press outlets on campus. He noted that some Greek organizations may prefer that members speak on their own behalf and not the organization’s.

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