ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An alleged rape at a University of New Mexico fraternity house, that has faced similar allegations before, has prompted a police investigation, the suspension of the fraternity's activities and fueling fears of more attacks.
The alleged attack happened on April 2, 2013 after a party inside the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE)house where a sorority member says she was raped, but doesn't remember a lot. Back in 2007 a pledge was charged with raping underage girls at the house but those charges were later dropped.
While police conduct their investigate, an employee of the Office of Greek Life felt it was important to warn students, sending an email out informing sorority advisors of one confirmed case and 3 possible date rape drugging's in the sorority community. The employee feels they may have a serial assaulter on their hands.
Debbie Morris, the Director of Student Activities says this employee had good intentions and just wanted sorority advisors to be thinking about upcoming events and formal activities and to watch out for each other.
But the email is causing panic among students and their parents.
Morris wants to make it clear that the alleged rape is still under investigation and those possible date rape incidents are just that, possible. Morris adds that when an incident gets reported that's when conversations start - ‘I think I heard this…', ‘I think I heard that…'.
Morris wants students to be aware of what's happening and Monday night university officials will meet with sorority advisors to talk about the situation, "we want more conversation and addressing how everyone can be proactive and following up on this stopping this behavior." Morris is encouraging students who may know something to come forward.
In the meantime, SAE Fraternity has been handed an emergency suspension; the issue here isn't just the alleged rape but it's also the party and investigators looking into whether alcohol was involved. SAE will have a hearing to determine what's next for them; they're accused of violating six sections of the UNM's student code of conduct.
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