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USC says there has been “worrying delay” in action on fraternity’s sexual assault reports

The University of Southern California said on Friday there was a “disturbing delay” in alerting the campus community to drug and sexual assault allegations in a fraternity.

USC President Carol Folt said by the end of September its Relationship Prevention and Sexual Violence Services, a counseling resource, had received between five and seven “confidential disclosures” of possible drugs. and sexual assault in a fraternity. Campus-wide communications weren’t sent out until about a month later.

“We now know that there has been a troubling delay in acting on this information, and in particular in its assessment for notification to the community,” she said in a letter to the USC community.

The allegations sparked protests from campus groups, including faculty and students, saying the university was not doing enough to respond to reports of crimes on campus.

USC says there has been “worrying delay” in action on fraternity’s sexual assault reports
USC officials have placed the Sigma Nu fraternity chapter on temporary suspension over allegations that women were drugged and sexually assaulted at the fraternity’s home.

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According to an email sent to USC staff and obtained by CBS Los Angeles, the university received reports of drugs being placed in drinks during a party at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, leading to possible drug-facilitated sexual assault.

The Sigma Nu Fellowship Chapter at USC has been temporarily suspended and, according to the email, cannot host any activities at the Fellowship House.


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