Second night of protests at UNL fraternity house after sexual assault allegations

Hundreds of students protested outside of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house late Wednesday night, protesting an alleged sexual assault that reportedly happened at the house earlier this week.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Hundreds of students protested outside of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house late Wednesday night, protesting an alleged sexual assault that reportedly happened at the house earlier this week. This was the second-straight night of protests.

“I am in support of sexual assault survivors because I’m a survivor myself,” said Venessa Rodrigues, a UNL student at the protest on Wednesday. “So just knowing things like this are happening on my campus makes me extremely upset, especially when the people who are responsible for it feel no remorse. It truly makes me feel disgusted.”

This comes after UNL closed the fraternity house more commonly known as “FIJI” and suspended all of its operations following the opening night of protests on Tuesday. UNL chancellor Ronnie Green said in a statement that the university takes these allegations very seriously and this isn’t the first time FIJI has been in trouble.

“We are committed to creating a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff,” Green said in the statement. “No one should be a victim of sexual assault or harassment, and we have taken a number of steps to provide additional support and reporting mechanisms for our campus.”

FIJI only recently had a suspension lifted last year for allegations of sexual harassments years prior. The fraternity was previously suspended from 2017-2020 and had been currently on probation at UNL. The university did reinstate Phi Gamma Delta in 2019.

Still, the strong position by UNL leadership on Wednesday isn’t enough to some students. Many still feel scared to walk on campus alone.

“For everyone, girls especially, to feel unsafe on campus walking to the Union or anything like that is insane,” said Nina Ong, a UNL student. “They (FIJI) have a bad history so why would they even be reinstated.”

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