UMass students protest alleged sexual assault at Frat House – NBC Boston
Students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are under investigation after protests turned destructive outside a fraternity house over allegations of sexual assault.
A crowd of around 300 students gathered outside the Theta Chi fraternity house on Sunday, calling for its closure after allegations of sexual assault circulated online and among students over the weekend. An online petition has nearly 20,000 signatures to end the fraternity over “multiple allegations of sexual assault.”
Some protesters began smashing car windows on Sunday and a resident of the house was hit with a bottle, Boston.com reports. Amherst Police, Massachusetts State Police, UMass and Hadley Police were on hand to disperse the crowd and are currently investigating, WWLP reports.
A student explained why the crowd was there.
“It is deserved because we are tired. We have been trying peacefully for a very long time to resolve these issues. So if they do not listen to us peacefully, this is what we have to resort to,” said the student.
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said the allegations of sexual assault had caused “a wave of concern and outrage among students“, and called them “deeply disturbing”, in a statement published Monday.
“Let me be unequivocal, we condemn sexual violence of any kind and we are committed to providing strong support services to survivors and vigorously investigating all allegations of sexual assault,” said Subbaswamy.
The Chancellor added that no victim or witness had come forward to file a complaint or report the allegations made on social networks. He encouraged community members to report incidents to the administration so they can investigate.
“While we respect and support a survivor’s decision whether or not to report an assault or to pursue sanctions, we cannot take action against the alleged perpetrators, whether they are individuals or organizations. , without actionable evidence, ”Subbaswamy said.
The Theta Chi fraternity did not respond to requests for comment.