A fraternity at the University of Tennessee has been placed on interim suspension as university officials investigate claims made by two women that they were drugged at the fraternity.
According to a report from The Knoxville News Sentinel, two separate female students reported they were “drugged and assaulted by a known acquaintance” at a fraternity party on Thursday, November 29.
The following morning, on Friday, November 30, the two women reported the alleged incident to the University of Tennessee campus security authorities.
Vincent Carilli, the Vice Chancellor of Student Life at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, said that the fraternity was placed on interim suspension on Saturday, December 1.
Vice Chancellor Carilli refused to name the fraternity under investigation, stating that “in order to protect the integrity of the investigation”, the university “cannot discuss specifics.”
The unnamed fraternity that was suspended on December 1 is the second UT-Knoxville fraternity to be investigated this semester after Alpha Tau Omega was investigated for participating in a scavenger hunt that reportedly targeted Asian students.
The investigation is the latest major Greek life suspension, expulsion, disaffiliation, or overhaul in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State, and Penn State have all suspended fraternities for various reasons.
Fraternities have been suspended or expelled across the nation as Greek life organizations and universities attempt to grapple with the pitfalls of hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual assault.
Schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State, and Penn State have all suspended or expelled fraternities for various reasons.