After a lengthy investigation, a fraternity at University of Southern California was temporarily suspended.reports of sexual assault and drugging at the house in Los Angeles.

The USC Department of Public Safety said it received a report of sexual assault at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, as well as reports of “drugs being placed into drinks during a party at the same fraternity house, leading to possible drug-facilitated sexual assaults,” according to a safety alert Wednesday.

According to the alert, the fraternity was temporarily suspended and banned from organizing any activities.

The university reported the incident to the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the USC Department of Public Safety.

According to the university, it stated in a statement that sexual assault reports are taken seriously. It also has a team of coordinated responders who can quickly address any issues.

According to the statement, “We deeply concern when any student experiences trauma. And we offer private and confidential support resources and supportive measures to all parties.” While we cannot discuss details of the matter because of student privacy laws we stand firm in our resolve to create a safe atmosphere for our students, faculty, and staff.

National headquarters of the fraternity said that it was notified Thursday about the temporary suspension.

The Fraternity was concerned about the serious allegations made and would like to collaborate with University officials in investigating the matter, the group stated. Based on the findings of the investigation, “The Fraternity shall decide its next steps.” Sigma Nu Fraternity is committed to responding to any allegations of misconduct.

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Los Angeles Police Department didn’t immediately reply to our request for comment.

The University encouraged anyone who had information on the incident to contact either the USC Department of Public Safety, or the Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, Title IX.

“No action or inaction by a sexual assault survivor makes that person responsible for another person’s abusive or criminal conduct,” the university said in a statement.

The university provided a list of resources for students, including USC’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP) at 213-740-4900, available 24 hours, for medical resources, emotional support and advocacy.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, RAINN offers support through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE & online.rainn.org). 

Source: USAToday.com

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