University of Central Florida fraternity suspended after alleged ‘rape’ comments

A fraternity at the University of Central Florida has been suspended after officials received a report about a recording that allegedly captured comments encouraging rape, documents indicate.

In the video recording, at least one member of the Sigma Nu fraternity can be heard yelling phrases that include, “Let’s rape some b——,” according to a redacted incident report on the matter provided to The Washington Post by the university.

The clip was recorded at an off-campus apartment in June, the report states. It also notes that both the person who filmed the footage and the person who turned it in recognized the voice of the person who was yelling.

The clip, which was obtained by Knight News, was recorded by a woman who is not a UCF student but was dating a fraternity member at the time. That woman gave the footage to a friend, who turned it in.

After university officials received the complaint about the allegations, the fraternity was suspended on an interim basis, according to the documents. Michael Gilmer, director of the university’s Office of Student Conduct, also told the fraternity in a July 10 letter that “due to the nature of the complaint,” its members should expect a Title IX investigation.

A hearing about whether the incident violated UCF’s “rule of conduct” has been scheduled for this week, the university told the fraternity in a letter sent earlier this month.

The fraternity stands accused of sexual misconduct for condoning or encouraging acts of sexual misconduct.

“The words used by people in the recordings are disrespectful, despicable and vile,” Brad Beacham, Sigma Nu fraternity executive director, said in a statement. “The Fraternity and University are investigating the recordings. Following the completion of the investigation, the Fraternity will take action as may be appropriate.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported Friday:

If the panel finds the students violated university policy, they could face a punishment that ranges from community service or writing a paper to being expelled. The students also have the right to appeal the university’s decision.

In an e-mail to The Post, UCF spokesman Chad Binette said the university hasn’t commented because of the ongoing status of the case.

In February, campus police received a report of sexual battery, which the victim said occurred in October 2014, an incident report stated. A spokesperson for UCF police said in a email that that incident was alleged to have happened at the Sigma Nu fraternity house and at the victim’s off-campus apartment. That case has been turned over to the State Attorney’s Office, the spokesperson wrote.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/08/17/university-of-central-florida-fraternity-suspended-after-alleged-rape-comments/