Police investiate alleged sexual assualt at fraternity

By KIRSTEN GIBSON

City Editor

Purdue Exponent

An alleged sexual assault occurred at an unregistered Delta Chi fraternity function late Tuesday night.

The incident occurred between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday night and the police were notified at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Purdue spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg.

Norberg said what happened remains unclear but that police have spoken with both the alleged victim and a person of interest. The alleged victim was sent to the hospital for tests.

“We won’t have anything definitive until we get the lab tests,” Norberg said.

The incident occurred at an unregistered function at Delta Chi, which means the University was not notified prior to the event between Delta Chi and a sorority.

Caliber, an organization consisting of fraternity and sorority members, is required to go to registered functions to make sure that functions are in line with fraternity and sorority life regulations and fire codes.

Michael Oakley, president of Caliber and a senior in the College of Science, said the only registered function Tuesday night was at Sigma Chi fraternity.

“By registering the parties, it encourages the parties to be safer,” Oakley said. “Having unregistered functions – like Delta Chi did – is obviously increasing their risk.”

Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of student activities and organizations, said at this point, his office will wait until the police finish their process before getting involved.

“We wouldn’t want to get engaged at this stage for fear that it would jeopardize police work,” Malavenda said.

He did say, however, that his office is there to support fraternities and will do whatever it can to help.

“We’re very concerned about the individuals involved and the chapter,” he said.

Once the matter is settled, his office will look into having a conversation with the fraternities and sororities about hosting safe events.

“That’s something we always do, but it might be a good time to focus on that again,” he said.

Chief of Purdue Police John Cox could not be reached for comment.

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