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Police: UNT student alleges sexual assault at fraternity event

Police: UNT student alleges sexual assault at fraternity event

December 03
03:17 2015

Jynn Schubert | Staff Writer


Denton police met with a UNT student at Denton Regional Medical Center Monday, Nov. 23 to gather evidence and a statement on an alleged sexual assault that the victim said took place at a Nov. 20 fraternity event.

UNT administrators and Denton police have yet to announce if a UNT fraternity or its members were involved with the alleged sexual assault.

The university has launched its own investigation, but officials said the UNT police are not involved with it, nor the Denton police inquiry. UNT police officers are not involved because it is not certain whether it happened on university property.

The name of the victim has not been released, and the family has declined to comment. Denton police spokesman Ryan Grelle did not offer more information, citing an ongoing investigation.

“In general, should an outside law enforcement agency come to us and tell us that they received a report of sexual assault, obviously that is a criminal act that a law enforcement agency investigates on their own,” UNT spokeswoman Margarita Venegas said. “But from the university’s perspective, if students are involved, there’s the potential for a code of conduct violation.”

There were three registered fraternity events the night of the alleged assault, according to the Office of Student Activities. Alpha Kappa Psi held a faculty appreciation luncheon, Phi Sigma Pi had a retreat, and Omega Psi Phi held a “Battle of the Sexes” against UNT’s Zeta Eta Deltas.

If confirmed, this would be the third sex-related incident to take place at UNT since October. A sexual assault was reported Oct. 5, and three counts of indecency with a child were reported Oct. 9.

Punishments for such violations include probation, suspension, expulsion, withdrawal from some or all classes, no contact orders and trespass from part of or all of campus, according to the UNT code of conduct.

Victims of sexual assault can contact the Dean of Students to report alleged misconduct at 940-565-2039, and reach out to Renee McNamara from the Office of Student Affairs. McNamara is UNT’s survivor advocate and can help direct students to the resources they need.

“I encourage any victims to reach out to me,” McNamara said. “There are lots of resources to help.”

Featured Image:UNT administrators and Denton police have yet to announce if a UNT fraternity or its members were involved with the alleged sexual assault. Brittany Sodic | Staff Photographer

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