UCSD fraternity suspended following sexual assault allegations

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The University of California San Diego has placed a fraternity on suspension following allegations that members of the Sigma Chi fraternity drugged and sexually assaulted at least four women, all sorority members, during Sigma Chi events that occurred over the last academic year.

The allegations Initially came to light last week when the presidents of the university’s 12 sororities received details of the alleged assaults. Some of the women who said they were attacked had written accounts which were read aloud to the members of some sororities.

While the university conducts an investigation, UCSD has suspended the fraternity. Sigma Chi’s international organization has also placed the chapter on temporary suspension.

In the meantime, the university’s sororities have “blacklisted” the fraternity and barred Sigma Chi from participating in their activities.

Under the federal law known as Title IX, all colleges and universities must investigate allegations of sexual assault.

The fraternity released a formal statement that read in part, “We’re committed to justice and accountability and we absolutely do not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind.”

The student newspaper, The Guardian reported that none of the fraternity members accused of the assaults has been expelled from the fraternity.

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