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UC San Diego fraternity suspended after sexual assault allegations

Posted at 6:42 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 09:21:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A UC San Diego fraternity was suspended as the school investigates multiple sexual assault allegations against some of its members.

According to a report by The UCSD Guardian campus newspaper, at least four female students claimed they were sexually assaulted by members of the Sigma Chi fraternity in incidents over the course of the academic year.

Details of the accusations came to light during sorority meetings last month, where chapter residents read written accounts from the alleged victims.

An anonymous student who was at one of the meetings told the school newspaper that one woman claimed she was drugged at a Sigma Chi party when a fraternity member handed her a spiked drink that rendered her unconscious. That woman said she was later found naked.

UC San Diego officials told 10News they are investigating the allegations against the fraternity.

Read the full statement from UC San Diego below:

The health, well-being and safety of UC San Diego students is our top priority. The university is in the process of investigating allegations of the Sigma Chi campus chapter, which will be examined and adjudicated thoroughly. While the appropriate investigations are ongoing, the student organization has received cease and desist orders from both the university and the national Sigma Chi fraternity, and all parties are cooperating.

Our university is committed to ensuring that our students, faculty and staff can learn, teach and work without sexual harassment or sexual violence and that the university maintains the highest standards of sexual assault and sexual violence prevention and response. The university encourages anyone with knowledge of these events to please contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment at 858/534-8298 or online at OPHD@ucsd.edu. UC San Diego’s CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center is a free and confidential resource available 24/7 to all students, faculty and staff. CARE serves as a confidential advocacy office which provides education and support services for those impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.

Read the full statement from Sigma Chi below:

Our chapter has been placed on a temporary suspension by UCSD and Sigma Chi International Headquarters, respectively, while they each begin investigating reports that have been received by the Center for Student Involvement. Our chapter supports this action and we intend to work collaboratively and cooperatively as may be requested. We expect all of our chapter members to adhere to the high standards of Sigma Chi. We are committed to justice and accountability and we absolutely do not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind.