UTA suspends two more fraternities

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Two more University of Texas at Arlington fraternities have been temporarily suspended while being investigated on allegations of underage alcohol drinking on and off campus on Sept. 7.

The university confirmed Thursday that it is investigating “further allegations of alcohol abuse by students under age 21 both on and off campus in connection with fraternity Bid Day activities held on Sept. 7,” according to a statement from UT Arlington.

Bid Day is described as the day students receive formal invitation to become members of a fraternity or sorority, according to definitions on several university websites.

UTA chapters of Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha have been placed on interim suspension, according to the university. The fraternities won’t be allowed to participate in any organized activities on or off campus while the allegations are being investigated.

Thursday’s announcement is the latest turn in recent headline-grabbing events. Earlier this week, UTA confirmed an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.

A female student at UTA told police that she was sexually assaulted at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house late on the night of Sept. 7.

UTA police responded to a call for medical assistance at 11:38 p.m. Saturday and found a woman unconscious in a residence hall, according to a statement released by UTA officials. The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she later reported that she had been sexually assaulted at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house.

UTA has suspended a male student from campus in connection with that incident, pending the outcome of the investigation. Officials declined to identify the student.

Both Sigma Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi also received interim suspensions for having “unregistered parties and possible use of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21,” the statement said. The suspension means that the fraternities “are to stop all organizational activity pending the outcome of the investigations,” Kristin Sullivan, assistant vice president for media relations, told the Star-Telegram.

In addition to the investigations, the university is conducting an overall assessment of policies, operations and compliance related to Greek organizations, Sullivan said in a statement.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675 Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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