UNL suspends fraternity over sexual assault allegations

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is closing a fraternity house. The announcement comes just hours after a large protest on the campus of UNL Wednesday night.

Students joined in solidarity after an alleged assault, reported to UNL police Tuesday morning.

On Wednesday afternoon, Chancellor Ronnie Green issued a statement calling the allegations of sexual assault very serious. In the same statement, he said that the fraternity will be suspended while the investigation continues.

Fiji has had multiple sexual assault allegations, and the fraternity was suspended in 2017 after members of the fraternity harassed women's march protesters in January of that year.

There is a Change.org petition with tens of thousands of signatures calling for the fraternity to be permanently removed.

Students have vowed to return every night protesting until they are abolished.

Read Chancellor Ronnie Green's full statement here:

"We take any allegation of sexual assault very seriously, and the UNL Police Department began investigating this incident as soon as the report came in. That investigation remains open and is ongoing.

“The Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity at UNL is currently under probation for previous violations of university policy. We are closing the fraternity house and suspending operations of the Fiji chapter while this investigation is ongoing, due to potential violations of that probation. This is the responsible action to take for everyone involved.

“We are committed to creating a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff. No one should be a victim of sexual assault or harassment, and we have taken a number of steps to provide additional support and reporting mechanisms for our campus. This spring, under the recommendation of the Campuswide Collaborative on Sexual Misconduct, we instituted new mandatory Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Training. Additional resources for anyone who has been a victim of sexual misconduct can be found here. The university is also required by federal law to follow a [process]process to investigate and address allegations of sexual misconduct.”

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