USC suspends fraternity after multiple female students say they were drugged and sexually assaulted at the Sigma Nu house
- USC placed its chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity on interim suspension over multiple allegations of drug-fueled sexual assaults
- At least five female students complained of being drugged at a Sigma Nu party on September 27
- One woman reported being drugged and sexually assaulted at frat house
- USC alerted the LAPD, which launched investigation into the incidents
- Group of students held a protest outside the Sigma Nu house Thursday
The University of Southern California has temporarily suspended its chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity after multiple female students claimed that they were drugged and sexually assaulted at a party last month.
A crime alert that was issued to the USC community on Thursday revealed that officials received a report of a sexual assault at the Sigma Nu house on West 28th Street.
An unnamed student said she was attending a party organized by the fraternity on September 27 when someone drugged and sexually assaulted her.
USC has placed its chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity on interim suspension over multiple allegations of drug-fueled sexual assaults
A group of USC students held a protest outside the fraternity house to demand accountability
USC also received reports of drinks being spiked with narcotics during a party at the same fraternity house, leading to ‘possible drug-facilitated sexual assaults,’ the alert stated.
According to an incident log, at least five woman have reported being drugged at the same Sigma Nu party.
In the wake of the allegations, USC has placed the fraternity on interim suspension, barring its members from organizing any activities, parties or other types of social gatherings.
The university said it also has reported the information to the Los Angeles Police Department, which has launched an investigation but so far has made no arrests, reported ABC 7.
USC officials have declined to comment on the specific allegations, citing student privacy laws, but said the school ‘takes reports of sexual assault extremely seriously and has a coordinated response team designed to promptly respond.’
A statement from Sigma Nu’s national headquarters said that the fraternity ‘is concerned by these serious allegations and will seek to work with University officials to investigate the matter.’
At least five female students have complained of being drugged at a Sigma Nu party on September 27, and one woman reported being drugged and sexually assaulted
Sigma Nu has been barred from organizing any activities or parties during the suspension
Sophomore Sophie Beitel argued that members of the fraternity who may have known about the drugging incidents should have spoken out
The statement went on to say that ‘The Fraternity will determine its further actions based upon the investigation. Sigma Nu Fraternity remains committed to responding appropriately to all matters of confirmed misconduct.’
On Thursday, a group of USC students held a protest outside the fraternity house, demanding that members of Sigma Nu be held accountable for their actions.
‘Guys in this house knew about it,’ sophomore Sophie Beitel told KTLA of the alleged drug-fueled assaults. ‘Guys who weren’t participating knew about this. This had to be a thing that so many men were complicit in and said nothing about.’
Standing outside the frat house, Beitel added: ‘the question should not be, “What can girls do to be avoiding this?” Girls are already terrified. Girls already do everything they can. What can guys be doing?’