Police investigate report of rape at Emory frat housePhoto from the Emory University Police website.
Emory University police are investigating a report from a woman who said she was raped at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on Oct. 31.
A statement released by the University says that students have voted to suspend all social activities at fraternity houses until there’s a “comprehensive plan” to ensure student safety.
According to the statement, “The female victim reported to police that she was raped by a male student with whom she is acquainted, at 18 Eagle Row. The perpetrator is described as a white male, brunette, approximately 20 years of age, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches in height, medium build. An police investigation is ongoing.”
People with information are asked to call Emory Police at 404-727-6111.
Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life said that, “Emory University works proactively to build a safe, inclusive community based on principles of mutual respect and social justice for all members. Sexual violence is not tolerated on our campus, and the university takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously.”
There have been a few high profile incidents at the university recently involving its fraternities. The university is also cooperating with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education over its handling of sexual assault cases.
Someone spray-painted the Alpha Epsilon Pi house with graffiti, including swastikas, on the morning of Oct. 5, a day after the end of Yom Kippur. Alpha Epsilon Pi is an historically Jewish fraternity. A few weeks later, other Emory students accused the same fraternity of racism for comments its members allegedly made during a flag football game.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education named Emory as one of 55 schools around the country that the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating under Title IX for how it handles reports of sexual assault.
The website Rehabs.com released a report earlier this year showing that in 2012 Emory was No. 3 nationally in reported forcible sex offenses, behind Princeton and Brown universities.
In February, a student reported to police that she was raped in a wooded area between Dowman Drive and Oxford Road near the Emory Village Traffic Circle. The victim did not know the attacker in that incident and police have made no arrests.