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After reports of sexual assaults, KU places Kappa Sigma fraternity on two years of probation

A University of Kansas investigation into reports of multiple sexual assaults during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on Sept. 26 and 27 found that the fraternity had violated KU’s Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.
A University of Kansas investigation into reports of multiple sexual assaults during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on Sept. 26 and 27 found that the fraternity had violated KU’s Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities. The Kansas City Star

The University of Kansas on Wednesday placed the Kappa Sigma fraternity on two years of probation after an investigation into alleged sexual assaults at the group’s off-campus house.

A university investigation into reports of multiple sexual assaults during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on Sept. 26 and 27 found that the fraternity had violated KU’s Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities.

A statement from the university did not say which rules fraternity members had violated.

“We applied significant and substantial sanctions on the Kappa Sigma fraternity because of the seriousness and disturbing nature of the events of the weekend of Sept. 26,” Tim Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs, said in a written statement. “There was sufficient information available for the university to apply these sanctions. We will not comment on ongoing investigations or the outcomes of individual investigations.”

The university investigation is separate from an ongoing criminal investigation by the Lawrence Police Department.

Sgt. Trent McKinley said police have interviewed multiple alleged victims, suspects and witnesses and still are not certain they have identified everyone involved. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.

“People have been hesitant to come forward for a number of reasons,” McKinley said.

He said police were contacted by the first alleged victim on Sept. 27, a Saturday, following a Friday night gathering at the fraternity house. Police said the alleged assaults happened late Friday and into the morning hours on Saturday. “Quite a few” fraternity members were in the house that evening, McKinley said.

A spokesman for the national office of Kappa Sigma fraternity said it had no knowledge of the university’s decision regarding its chapter at KU.

“We are unable to provide a statement until we have received notice,” spokesman Derald Dryman said.

The sanctions imposed during the two-year probation include a ban on alcohol in the chapter house. The fraternity also must turn over to the university materials related to its internal investigation in the case. And the fraternity is required to provide multiple mandatory training sessions for all members in prevention of sexual assault and harassment.

Failure to meet the conditions of probation — or failure to report any future sexual assault — will result in additional sanctions, the university said.

To reach Mará Rose Williams, call 816-234-4419 or send email to mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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