UT-Arlington police investigate reports of 4 rapes this semester

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Police at the University of Texas at Arlington are investigating reports of four rapes on campus this semester, officials said Tuesday.

Three of the cases involve sexual assaults that reportedly occurred on Aug. 23 and 24 and Sept. 7 at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, 705 Davis Drive, according to police logs.

UTA has suspended a male student from campus while police investigate the Sept. 7 rape report, officials have said.

The most recent report said a sexual assault occurred Saturday at 501 S. Nedderman Drive. It does not appear to be related to the three complaints listing the fraternity house address, said Kristin Sullivan, a UTA spokeswoman.

No arrests have been made.

Police have declined to provide more information about the circumstances of the sexual assaults. In the Sept. 7 case, UTA officials have said that police responded to a call for medical assistance at 11:38 p.m. from a residence hall. The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she later reported that she had been sexually assaulted at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house.

Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter President Christofer Slocum told the Star-Telegram via email that the fraternity is cooperating.

“We are complying fully with authorities, the university and our headquarters to address and resolve the alleged incident,” Slocum said earlier this month.

Sept. 7 was Bid Day when students receive formal invitations to become members of a fraternity or sorority.

Earlier this month, university officials placed Sigma Phi Epsilon and Pi Kappa Phi fraternities on interim suspension for having “unregistered parties and possible use of alcohol by individuals under the age of 21.”

In 2011, two “forcible sexual offenses” were reported at UTA, four in 2010 and three in 2009, according to the school’s 2012 Annual Campus Fire & Safety Report.

One of the sexual assaults reported in 2010 occurred in 2007, according to the report.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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