UNL fraternity places self-suspension following sexual assault allegation

Sigma Chi fraternity announced on Instagram late Sunday night that it was notified of the assault and immediately placed removed the suspect from its organization. The house also reported the incident to university officials and its own international headquarters. 
Sigma Chi
Courtesy: UNL Sigma Chi

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A UNL fraternity has put itself on suspension after self-reporting an alleged sexual assault happened on its property.

Sigma Chi fraternity announced on Instagram late Sunday night that it was notified of the assault and immediately placed removed the suspect from its organization. The house also reported the incident to university officials and its own international headquarters.

“We are doing everything in our power to respect the privacy of the parties involved,” said the fraternity in a statement. “Please allow the university and our international headquarters to gather the facts and conduct a proper investigation.”

The offense was reported to have happened sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday at the Sigma Chi house, UNL police records show.

Deb Fiddelke, chief communication and marketing officer at UNL, said the university just found out about the incident when Sigma Chi posted on social media Sunday night.

“The university first learned of this alleged sexual assault at 11:27pm last night from an Instagram post affiliated with the UNL Sigma Chi chapter,” said Fiddelke in a statement. “A report was filed with the university police department two hours later, for an incident that allegedly occurred several days ago.

“It’s unfortunate that a possible sexual assault was reported on social media prior to being reported to the police. The university police department is now fully investigating this incident.”

Sigma Chi has faced several suspensions over the last decade for hazing and alcoholic violations, the latest happening in 2015.

This suspension comes in the midst of a sexual assault investigation at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, more commonly known as FIJI.

UNL closed and suspended all operations of FIJI last week after a reported sexual assault happened at the home. The alleged assault has spurred several nights of protest against “rape” culture on UNL’s campus, prompting chancellor Ronnie Green to release a passionate video statement on the situation.

“No means no,” Green said. “And if you violate that, and we can prove it — you have no place on our campus.”

No charges have been filed and UNL police say they are working with the FIJI suspect’s legal representation at this time in the investigation.

More protests are planned on UNL’s campus on Monday night. A candle light vigil will be held at the Union beginning at 8:00 p.m. with many local leaders expected to speak. Channel 8 will have a reporter on the scene and bring more coverage throughout the day of this developing story.

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