MSU Suspends Fraternities after Rape Reports

By Beacon Staff

BOZEMAN — Montana State University has temporarily suspended its recognition of two fraternities after weekend rape reports.

Dean of Students Matt Caires tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the fraternities received interim suspension notices on Monday. While suspended, the fraternities can’t participate in any events or host any events at their houses.

The school alerted students, faculty and staff on Monday of the two rape reports. One woman reported early Sunday that she had been sexually assaulted by two men in a bedroom at the Sigma Chi fraternity house. Another woman reported she thought she had been drugged and sexually assaulted during a party Friday night at the Pi Kappa Alpha house.

MSU Police Chief Robert Putzke says six rapes have been reported to campus police this year. No one has been arrested.Two people reported being raped in separate incidents at two Montana State University fraternity houses.

The university emailed an alert to students, faculty and staff on Monday afternoon detailing the reports.

MSU police responded to a report of a rape at the Sigma Chi fraternity at 1:24 a.m. Sunday. The victim was drinking with new friends at the house and reported being taken into a room and sexually assaulted by two unnamed men.

At 3:45 a.m. Sunday, MSU police received a report from a woman who said she had been partying at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Friday night. She suspected she had been drugged and sexually assaulted.

MSU police are investigating both reports.

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