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UTA police investigating report of rape at fraternity house

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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.

An investigation was underway Tuesday into a report of a sexual assault at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, a university official said Tuesday.

A female student told authorities the attack occurred at 1 a.m. Sunday at the fraternity house on South Davis Drive on the campus in Arlington, according to news reports.

University of Texas at Arlington police are investigating.

The investigation comes just days after university officials suspended all fraternity and sorority social events because of “concerns regarding the culture of the fraternal community both at UTA and nationally.”

In the rape investigation, the female student reported the attack Sunday afternoon, accusing a male student who was an acquaintance, according to a statement released by university officials.

The report was made to Arlington police, but the case was turned over to UTA police because the alleged incident occurred on campus.

Kappa Sigma officials in their national office did not return telephone calls on Tuesday.

On April 1, university officials suspended all sorority and fraternity social events.

The University of Texas-Arlington president has said the school suspended Greek social events because of “hazing, sexual assault, extreme intoxication and other inappropriate behaviors.”

In an April 5 statement, President Vistasp Karbhari said these cases were connected to members of the Greek community.

During the last two academic years, three fraternities have been suspended and one has been placed on interim suspension. Violations included hazing, unauthorized use of alcohol and violation of university rules, UTA chief spokesman Joe Carpenter said.

More recently, one student required medical treatment due to alcohol violations, he said.

According to the UTA crime log, two additional sexual assaults have been reported on campus in 2019. The crime log did not specify whether the assaults were connected to any Greek organization.

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

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