Officials are investigating troubled U fraternity house

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 24, 2010 - 8:34 PM

Site of sexual assault and robbery will face scrutiny from both the university and the international Delta Kappa Epsilon office.

No parties will be bumping this weekend at one troubled fraternity house near the University of Minnesota.

The international office of Delta Kappa Epsilon is investigating its U chapter, where a woman was sexually assaulted and at least one man was robbed on separate nights last weekend.

The fraternity will meet with a representative from the international office, who is traveling to the Twin Cities this weekend.

No events will be allowed, that office has instructed, until the investigation is complete, said Doug Lanpher, executive director of the parent organization.

"Possible outcomes range widely," Lanpher said by e-mail, and could include probation or the chapter's loss of its international recognition.

For its part, the U chapter of the fraternity has apologized.

"We are deeply concerned for our guests' safety and embarrassed that our security was not effective on either of these nights," its board said in a statement.

Six sober fraternity members were in charge of security both nights, said Arden Yundt, the chapter's spokesman and a U student.

"We thought everything was under control. We had people on the side and front door all night," he said. "As far as we can tell, someone was letting people in from the back door."

He emphasized that the suspects were not Delta Kappa Epsilon members, something police also believe.

Yundt called the crimes an anomaly: "Nothing like this has ever happened here."

Minneapolis police, however, say they have been called to the off-campus fraternity house 57 times since 2000 -- "a considerable amount, when you consider there are only parties nine months of the year," said spokesman Sgt. Jesse Garcia.

Calls could range from a car burglary outside the house to a loud party.

The University of Minnesota, too, is conducting an investigation to see whether the fraternity has broken school policies.

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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