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Cal Poly fraternity suspended after second reported sexual assault

A woman reported being sexually assaulted last week at a Delta Chi fraternity party held at an off-campus residence affiliated with the fraternity. Another alleged attempted sexual assault took place at the fraternity’s headquarters, seen here, on March 6.
A woman reported being sexually assaulted last week at a Delta Chi fraternity party held at an off-campus residence affiliated with the fraternity. Another alleged attempted sexual assault took place at the fraternity’s headquarters, seen here, on March 6. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A woman reported being sexually assaulted Thursday at a Delta Chi party held at an off-campus residence affiliated with the fraternity.

The incident is the second sexual assault reported in connection with a Delta Chi event in recent weeks. The first incident, an alleged attempted sexual assault, reportedly took place at the fraternity’s chapter house March 6.

The university has suspended the Delta Chi fraternity chapter while the university’s Dean of Students Office completes administrative reviews of both gatherings, Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier said Tuesday.

The alleged incident Thursday took place around midnight at a residence at 139 Longview Lane, according to San Luis Obispo Police Department Capt. Chris Staley. The fraternity has 110 members, who live in various residences.

The woman reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown male where she was forced to consume alcohol against her will, according to a notification alert released by Cal Poly on Monday.

The woman reported the incident to San Luis Obispo police Sunday.

At this point, we are still doing follow-up and will not be releasing any further information until the investigation is complete.

Capt. Chris Staley, San Luis Obispo Police Department

Staley declined to release any additional details, such as whether a suspect has been identified, whether the alleged victim or suspect are Cal Poly students, and whether drinking was a factor, citing the department’s pending investigation.

“At this point, we are still doing follow-up and will not be releasing any further information until the investigation is complete,” Staley said.

The university also is not releasing details of the incident.

“Because of privacy concerns, the university cannot provide further details on its internal investigations or comment further on this allegation, other than to say that we are following our sexual misconduct policies, taking all appropriate actions and providing appropriate support to the victim,” Lazier wrote in an email.

Lazier declined to release any statistics on how many sexual assaults have been reported on and around campus this year and whether Cal Poly was conducting any outreach or disciplinary action against Cal Poly’s Greek system as a whole.

Last year, the university placed Greek organizations on social probation in the wake of reports of three sexual assaults and extreme intoxication at fraternity gatherings. The ban on holding parties and social gatherings was lifted after Greek students came up with a 19-page document that identifies educational programs and ways of managing risk to prevent hazardous activities.

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The 19-page STATUS plan (Students Taking Action Towards University Safety) included a Sexual Assault Task Force to analyze components of Greek culture that contribute to sexual assault and the assignment of liaisons from every fraternity and sorority chapter who act as a go-between for their chapters and Cal Poly’s Safer program, a sexual assault prevention and awareness center.

The university issued a Clery Act alert Monday that notifies the campus community of Thursday’s alleged incident. The Clery Act is a federal statute that requires colleges and universities to share information about certain crimes on and around campus.

The first incident involving Delta Chi was an alleged attempted sexual assault at the fraternity house headquarters at 1236 Monte Vista Place between midnight and 1 a.m. March 6, according to an emergency alert issued by Cal Poly. An unidentified man reportedly attacked a woman by holding her down with the intention to sexually assault her, according to the alert.

“The survivor fought off her attacker and was able to get away,” the alert stated. “The survivor has chosen not to speak with the police department or report this attack to the police.”

The Cal Poly Safer program and University Police urge students to adhere to safety tips, including:

▪  Seek help or medical attention for friends who are severely intoxicated.

▪  Trust your instincts and call for help if you feel unsafe.

▪  If a friend decides to leave a party with someone, talk to them about their safety.

▪  Travel in groups to events and parties.

▪  Don’t leave drinks unattended.

Anyone with information about Thursday’s incident is asked to call the San Luis Obispo Police Department at 781-7312 or the University Police Department at 756-2281. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP or to the Cal Poly Title IX coordinator at 756-5237.

Those who are a victim of assault may call San Luis Obispo County’s RISE crisis line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 855-886-RISE.

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