Are Cal Poly boys behaving badly?
November 3, 2014
Cal Poly officials have sanctioned a popular fraternity following the surfacing of allegations that a sexual assault took place at a Halloween party hosted by the fraternity Friday night.
The alleged sexual assault has landed Pi Kappa Alpha on suspension from university-regulated activities. The incident also comes amid a string of recent events in which Cal Poly fraternity members and football players have garnered the attention of local law enforcement.
San Luis Obispo police received a report on Saturday that a man engaged in sexual activity with a woman without her consent at a party hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha. The woman may have been drugged and allegedly woke up to find herself engaged in sex acts with a man with blond hair and blue eyes and the first name Jake, according to a report passed on to police by a university housing representative.
The victim, though, has refused to report the matter to police, and officers say they have yet to launch a criminal investigation.
Nevertheless, Cal Poly suspended the campus chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha over the weekend. The fraternity must now seek approval from Cal Poly’s dean of students, as well as from its chapter headquarters, in order to conduct meetings, hold social events or participate in campus activities.
“The activities alleged to have occurred at this gathering run counter to the character and good judgment that we expect from our students,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong said in a university statement. “Any violations confirmed by our investigation will be dealt with swiftly and forcefully.”
The alleged sexual assault come less than two months after San Luis Obispo police arrested the recent president of another Cal Poly fraternity for selling marijuana out of his frat house. Officers arrested the Delta Sigma Phi former fraternity president nearly a month after a group of Cal Poly football players allegedly robbed the same fraternity house.
Sources allege that members of both the football team and fraternity were engaged in marijuana sales. Police have yet to formally release a motive for the robbery, though.
Officers arrested five football players following the robbery, and Cal Poly suspended the suspects from the football team shortly before the start of their season.