LAWRENCE – A fraternity at the University of Kansas is asking that its suspension be lifted during an investigation into alleged sexual assaults at the chapter’s house.
Kappa Sigma representatives plan to argue at a hearing Nov. 24 that the organization does not pose a danger to campus and should have its suspension lifted while the investigation is completed, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.
The fraternity has been on interim suspension since Sept. 30, when the university received allegations that “multiple instances of sexual misconduct” had occurred at the chapter house on or around Sept. 27. Further details about the alleged assaults have not been released.
The investigation was expected to end around Dec. 1, but the university has said it needs more time because the case is complex.
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“We respect that the university has an obligation to investigate but deny that there is any continuing threat,” said the fraternity’s attorney, Chuck Schimmel. “The members and the parents are concerned. … Nobody knows what, if anything, happened – and if something happened, who did it – and an entire fraternity is being harassed.”
Schimmel said the fraternity has not been told if any member is suspected of a specific crime and has fully cooperated with the investigation and a separate investigation by Lawrence police, but university officials questioned both of those assertions Tuesday.
“KU’s investigation is being unnecessarily lengthened by the refusal of fraternity members to fully cooperate,” University of Kansas Vice Chancellor Tim Caboni said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. “Fraternity leadership agreed to provide university investigators with notes from the fraternity’s own internal investigation, then refused to provide those documents.
“Mr. Schimmel’s claim that no individual member has been notified that he is under investigation is also false,” Caboni said. “The sooner the members of Kappa Sigma provide the full cooperation their attorney claims has been provided, the sooner the investigation can be completed.”