A woman was raped Saturday night at a San Luis Obispo fraternity house, according to Cal Poly police.
Authorities believe the college-age female was raped at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house on the 200 block of California Boulevard.
The victim, whose age was not disclosed, was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the rape, police say. Her name wasn’t given because she is the victim of a reported sex crime.
Authorities are still trying to identify the rape suspect, described as a college-age male.
The victim and suspect were both attending a gathering at the fraternity house Saturday, police said.
Police are continuing to investigate and had no further information Wednesday.
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity was notified Wednesday by Cal Poly and the national chapter overseeing it that it must cease all chapter activities for an “indefinite period of time” until the investigation into the reported sexual assault is completed, said Stephen Lamb, associate director of Student Life and Leadership.
“They can do nothing as an organization until the result of the investigation becomes clear,” Lamb said. “At that point, we will take the findings from the police and work with the national Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter to either reinstate their standing with a number of conditions or sever ties completely.”
The fraternity was recently on probation for two months for “inappropriate” behavior at an exchange with other Greek groups earlier this year. Lamb said that there was significant damage done to the restaurant where the groups met, including broken lights and fixtures in the bathroom. Sigma Phi Epsilon members were found to be responsible for some of that damage.
Lamb said the fraternity — which is the university’s largest chapter house, with 140 members — has had a “continuum of challenges” related to noise violations and excessive partying.
This is the first reported sexual assault that has been connected with the house, he said.
“Even with all of the outreach we have done,” he said, “there will be times when bad things happen —but this is a tragic thing.”
Lamb said that in the past 10 years, two other sexual assaults connected to fraternities were reported, and both fraternities involved no longer operate at Cal Poly: Phi Delta Theta and Kappa Sigma.
“Both were disconnected from campus and do not exist here,” Lamb said.
According to Cal Poly police statistics, since 2007, there have been five sexual offenses on campus, including two rapes, one sexual assault and two sexual batteries. Additionally, one rape occurred off campus but was listed in the statistics.
Those with information on the crime are asked to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 781-7312.