Sexual Assault Reported At Second UNL Fraternity


       A sexual assault allegation has been leveled at a second fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln fraternity, but the frat says it reported the incident to the school and authorities itself.

      The UNL chapter of Sigma Chi says when it was notified of the alleged attack at its house, it kicked out the accused member, reported the claims to both the school and its international headquarters, and went on self-suspension.

      UNL Chief Communication and Marketing Officer Deb Fiddelke says the fraternity’s account isn’t quite accurate, starting with the fact the alleged attack occurred late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

       Fiddelke says the university first learned of it not from Sigma Chi, but from social media and that a formal report was filed with UNL police about 1:30 Monday morning. 

      She calls it “unfortunate” that a possible sexual assault was reported on social media before being reported to police, adding that UNL police are now “fully investigating” the incident.

      Sigma Chi International released a statement Monday afternoon says it’s put the UNL chapter on interim suspension in addition to the self-suspension while the fraternity headquarters conducts its own investigation. 

      The Sigma Chi statement says the health and safety of members and guests is a top priority and it will ensure that members who “violate its principles and policies are held appropriately accountable.”

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