UCF Sigma Nu suspended after alleged rape comments
UCF documents show Sigma Nu Fraternity has been suspended after a June 9 incident when a member was reportedly caught on video chanting "rape" and sexual comments.
The incident took place at the fraternity's off-campus apartment where a woman, who is not a UCF student, and her boyfriend, a Sigma brother, came home and other fraternity members joined them after coming from a bar, according to the July 9 incident report filed with the UCF Office of Student Conduct.
While the report does not mention what led to the yelling, in a video recorded by the woman, there is a brother allegedly yelling comments: "Let's rape some [expletive]. Rape some sluts." The brother proceeded to yell "rape" over and over again, according to the report.
A July 20 Student Conduct letter addressed to Sigma Nu informed the fraternity of its interim suspension with charges of sexual misconduct.
After a hearing on Aug. 3, a same-day Student Conduct letter sent to the fraternity informed Sigma Nu that the interim suspension will remain until a student conduct hearing convenes to address the alleged incident.
"During a fraternity investigation of the UCF chapter into possible violations of Sigma Nu policies regarding alcohol, our office learned of the sexual assault allegations contained in the UCF police report," Sigma Nu Fraternity Executive Director Brad Beacham said in a statement. "We are deeply troubled by the allegations and immediately suspended the accused student, pending further developments."
Beacham said the UCF Police Department has sent copies of the recordings to Sigma Nu officials and the fraternity and UCF are investigating them.
"The words used by people in the recordings are disrespectful, despicable and vile," Beacham said.
A conduct board panel hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20, when Sigma Nu will have the opportunity to respond to the allegations and present witnesses.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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