Woman found unconscious, reports sexual assault at UTA fraternity

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 9 at 6:24 PM

ARLINGTON — A University of Texas at Arlington student and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity are suspended after a woman told UTA police she was sexually assaulted inside the fraternity house on Saturday evening.

The woman was found unconscious inside a school dorm just before midnight. She was taken to a local hospital where she reported the alleged assault.

"It's shocking," said sophomore transfer Billy Prude, who told News 8 Saturday was "bid day" on Greek Row, with parties at fraternities and sororities.

"Students were wearing their letters everywhere, it was busy," he said.

The university wouldn't offer many additional details, nor would campus police.

Underage drinking is being investigated at the house.

A brief statement was released by university president Vistasp M. Karbhari.

"We take these issues very seriously. We are taking decisive and appropriate action while the investigation continues and due process is served related to these unfortunate circumstances. We are deeply committed to the well-being of our University community and will not tolerate behavior that is potentially dangerous for our students and others."

A student identifying himself as the Sigma Phi Epsilon vice-president said the fraternity was "cooperating with the university in any way they could."

He wouldn't answer any other questions when News 8 talked with him at the front door. 

Another fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, was also suspended over the weekend for allegations of underage drinking, according to the university. 

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