East Carolina University fraternities will continue to refrain from holding parties at their houses, despite a decision by Greenville police to close an investigation into sexual assault at ECU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon.
On Wednesday, police said there was consensual sex but no sexual assault at SigEp in an incident reported Jan. 25. The fraternity released a statement saying its members were the ones who contacted police and cooperated fully after discovering non-members, a man and woman, in a sexual act at a house party.
ECU’s Interfraternity Council subsequently acted to suspend all fraternities from social events. On Wednesday night, the council modified the suspension to allow social events at places such as bars and restaurants, where security and alcohol are controlled by others. Otherwise, parties involving alcohol will not be allowed at fraternity houses or members’ living quarters while the organizations review their protocols.
In a statement, the council’s president, Evan Ball, said: “Despite new information released stating that one of the reported incidents was not a crime, the IFC leadership still feels the need to evaluate and reform our risk management policies, specifically addressing non-members attending IFC events and the involvement of alcohol at these events.”