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Sex, drug claims lead to WSU frat suspension

Delta Upsilon symbol from WSU fraternity's Facebook page.
Delta Upsilon symbol from WSU fraternity's Facebook page.

The national headquarters of Delta Upsilon fraternity has suspended its Washington State University chapter amid allegations of drugging and sexual assault.

The Pullman Police Department and WSU’s Office of Student Conduct are investigating the chapter following a series of reports earlier this month. The chapter also was suspended by WSU’s Interfraternity Council, meaning it can’t participate in university-wide Greek programs.

“Sexual assault on campus, whether those involved are Greek-affiliated or not, is an issue that is highly serious and, frankly, deplorable,” the IFC said in a statement Wednesday.

On the evening of Sept. 2, police were called to Pullman Regional Hospital after receiving a report that a WSU student was being treated for a possible sexual assault. The 18-year-old woman told police she had been at the Delta Upsilon house, 815 N.E. Ruby St., where she was given alcohol and sexually assaulted.

On Sept. 3 just after 2 a.m., a 17-year-old WSU student reported to police that she became ill after after drinking alcohol provided at the gathering that same night. Pullman police Cmdr. Chris Tennant has said at least three women went to the hospital saying they drank at the fraternity and felt drugged.

Tennant said chemicals leave the body quickly, making it difficult to prove whether someone was drugged. He said urine test results take six weeks.

Police searched the house and interviewed a possible suspect in the sexual assault, but no arrests have been made/Chad Sokol, SR. More here (subscription).

DFO: I noticed that the Delta Upsilon motto on its Facebook wall says: "We are the men of Delta Upsilon. Justice is our foundation. What's yours?" So what is your foundation?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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