November 9, 2007 in City

WSU frat members moved after assaults

Thomas Clouse Staff writer
 

Washington State University officials have moved 32 freshmen from two fraternities because of safety concerns, following reports of several assaults between members of the Theta Chi and Delta Chi houses.

In one of those incidents, a student suffered a broken jaw and had to be transported to a Seattle hospital for care.

Staff members are helping the students move to a residence hall, which should be completed by today, said Michael Tate, vice president for the Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity.

“We understand that asking students to pack up and move to a different residence on such a short notice is not ideal for all involved,” Tate said in a press release. “But our goal is to help provide these students with a living environment that supports rather than detracts from their educational experience.”

Only freshman students are being moved because WSU policy stipulates that freshmen must live in housing approved by the university. Although the policy does not apply to sophomores, juniors or seniors, staff will work with any student from those fraternities who wants to relocate, Tate said.

The length of time the freshmen must remain in residence halls will be determined by WSU’s Student Conduct Board. The relocation likely will last until the semester ends on Dec. 14, Tate said.

Chris Wuthrich, assistant director for the Office of Student Conduct, said in the press release that the alleged assaults, property damage and failure to comply with WSU directions are all being investigated by the university. He anticipates the board will hold a hearing by Nov. 28 to discuss the issues.

“Ultimately, the Student Conduct Board will determine if the charges are accurate and what disciplinary actions, if any, will be taken,” he said.


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