A Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault at Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Southern Mississippi has concluded.
The investigation began in early November 2016, when the SAE at Souther Miss was suspended after a possible violation of student conduct on homecoming weekend in October of 2016.
The violation an alleged sexual assault. The report, which was obtained through a public records request, detailed the female victim’s account of the night.
The female victim was located in a room in the house semi-conscious, no clue as to her whereabouts. According to the report, she appeared to have been drugged.
The report says a friend who was looking for the victim at the party found her and took her to her house. She told police she checked on the victim throughout the evening. On Sunday morning, the victim woke up with no recollection of the events that evening, but did say she had some vaginal bleeding.
According to the report, the victim’s health and mentality began to decline. The report states she was nauseous, and unable to sit up or walk. The report states that the victim admitted she was ‘probably raped’ but was speaking with ‘a disregard to her life’ and ‘not caring what happened to her.’
The victim, who remains unidentified, filed her complaint on November 18, 2016, while the incident took place in the overnight hours of October 29th into October 30, 2016.
In accordance with the SAE National Office, the local Alumni Advisory Board and the Office of Greek Life, the fraternity has underwent a membership review that resulted in five members being expelled from the fraternity, five members being placed on inactive status, and 15 members being placed on probation.
In total, twenty-five members of the SAE chapter at Souther Mississippi were reprimanded.
Chief Communication Officer Jim Coll released the following statement regarding the conclusion of the investigation:
“The Title IX investigation has concluded. We cannot speak to the specific results of that investigation, as the information is an educational record and is protected from disclosure under the federal law FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act).”
SAE is under social probation until 2018.