Wake Forest University issues statement after sexual assault reports at frat house, unregistered parties

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest University has released a statement about a fraternity, addressing recent sexual assault allegations and an unrelated interim suspension due to its unregistered parties.

The Psi Delta chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was already on deferred suspension after unspecified code of conduct violations from the previous year. The university requires organizations on deferred suspension to register social events and have an approved risk management plan.

On Sept. 1, the Psi Delta chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity reportedly held an unregistered party at the chapter house on Polo Road.

Since the Sept. 1 incident, the university received more reports of unregistered parties by the fraternity.

This possible violation prompted the interim suspension.

“The organization was placed on interim suspension out of concern for the safety and general welfare of the community,” Wake Forest University said in the release.

If found responsible for the party violation, the university may suspend or stop recognizing a fraternity.

In an unrelated matter, the university noted that Wake Forest University police received two separate reports of sexual assaults that allegedly occurred at the chapter house on Sept. 14.

Officials do not know if the two reports are separate incidents or the same incident.

Police also do not know if the incidents reported are “individual or organizational in nature,” according to the release.

Following these reports, the university emailed a warning to the Wake Forest community on Sept. 17.

Campus officials also want to remind the university community of resources for reporting or simply discussing incidents, such as the Safe Office, which is a confidential resource.

“Every survivor needs to have the opportunity to make that decision for themselves, whether or not they want to make a report,” said Stephanie Trilling, of the Wake Forest University Safe Office. “Our office is one of the places where they can think that through and really decide, is this in my best interest today.”

Other confidential resources include the Student Health Service, University Counseling Center, and Family Services, where help is available 24/7.

Resources are also available 24/7 through University Police and the Title IX Office.

“Campus police is a wonderful resource,” Trilling said. “They’ll respond immediately, 24/7, if someone feels unsafe on campus. We also have our title IX office, which will investigate any allegations of sexual misconduct on campus. They’ll also issue no contact orders or put interim measures in place.”

Until the investigation into the unregistered party violation is complete, the fraternity will remain under an interim suspension, meaning they cannot function or participate in chapter-related meetings, recruitment, social functions or activities on or off Wake Forest University’s campus.

FOX8 attempted to contact Delta Kappa Epsilon national officials but is yet to receive a response. ​

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