The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is closing a frat house that was already on probation as it investigates an alleged rape that sparked massive protests on campus two nights in a row.
The incident happened between 11:30 p.m. and midnight on Monday at the Phi Gamma Delta student residence, according to university police. crime log. It was reported at 3:47 am on Tuesday and the news quickly spread through social media.
Lincoln station KOLN reports that the victim was a 17-year-old sorority girl, although this has not been confirmed by police or the university. Police are investigating, but no arrests have been made yet.
By Tuesday night, nearly 1,000 students had gathered outside the fraternity just hours after the rape was reported, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, calling on the school to permanently ban the organization.
Video circulating on social media claims to show members of the frat peeking out of their blinds and laughing at the protesters outside as they chant the alleged perpetrator’s name.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has temporarily suspended the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, above, after an alleged rape happened at their dorm on Monday night
Very large protest outside the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), across the street from the UNL Student Union. R Street will be closed from the 16th to the 14th, as LPD and UNLPD just oversee at least 1,000 students here.@LLCScanner @1011_News pic.twitter.com/TunjQ0bsoI
— Ryan Swanigan (@TheRyanSwanigan) August 25, 2021
Video circulating on social media claims to make fraternity members laugh as crowds chant outside the name of member accused of sexual assault
Chancellor Ronnie Green said on Wednesday the university is taking the allegation “very seriously” and will shut down the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity – also known as Fiji – as it investigates the claims.
The Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity at UNL is currently on probation for past violations of university policy. We are closing the fraternity house and suspending the activities of the Fiji chapter while this investigation is ongoing, due to possible violations of that probation. This is the responsible action to be taken for all concerned.
“We are committed to creating a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff. No one should be the victim of sexual assault or intimidation, and we have taken a number of steps to provide additional support and reporting mechanisms to our campus.
On Tuesday, students could be heard chanting, “No, no!” outside the student house, which is directly opposite the student association.
A woman with a megaphone said, “Women are not protected on this campus.”
Crowds were seen walking to the sorority across the street, where people were sitting on the large concrete staircase leading to the building.
No arrests have been made in the case as of Wednesday night.
The charge is the 103rd rape or attempted rape reported to UNL police since 2005, the Journal-Star says. It is also the 78th incident reported since 2015.
Eight hours after the alleged rape at the Fiji home, university police received a report of another rape at the Abel Hall building, which the university says is home to “many of the freshman learning communities.”
Chancellor Ronnie announced the temporary closure on Wednesday after huge protests
A petition to ban Phi Gamma Delta from campus gathered 134,000 signatures on Wednesday
A commenter on the petition said they were attacked by a member of the same frat
A Change.org petition to ban the Fiji brotherhood ‘forever’ was launched Tuesday evening. Since then, it has collected more than s134,000 signatures – more than five times the number of students at UNL.
A comment on the petition reads: “I was sexually assaulted by a FIJI member when I was a student. I know of countless others who have been raped and molested by FIJI members. We took it ALL to Title IX and discouraged us from taking our attacks to the police. These attackers were suspended, suspended, etc., but never found ‘guilty’. And FIJI is still there. Such men still exist. FIJI is a petri dish for rape culture. They don’t belong in the UNL community.’
KMTV reporter Jon Kipper tweeted that video of the Fiji members laughing was ‘LITERALLY Dropped to people at the protest, from those in the Fiji frat… who, uh… didn’t have the most productive attitude about this.”
Rob Caudill, international director of Phi Gamma Delta, said the fraternity “does not tolerate sexual violence.”
“The international fraternity is working with the university and will take appropriate action pending the findings of the investigation,” he said.