theta chi protest

Protestors hold up signs outside of the Theta Chi house during a protest on Nov. 8, 2021.

On Sept. 13 at 6:47 p.m., the East Carolina University community received a mass ECU Alert email regarding aggravated and sexual assault charges that took place at the Theta Chi Fraternity House once again, leading to a protest the same night.

The ECU Police Department received reports of alleged drink tampering and sexual assault of two people that reportedly took place on Aug. 20. This is not the first time the Theta Chi Fraternity has been reported of drink tampering and sexual assault following an event at their home.

According to the alert, it is against the law to knowingly distribute any harmful substances to a person's food or beverage. The email wrote that it is important to not accept any type of drinks at social gatherings and to report any sort of suspicious or criminal activity as soon as possible.

“Sex offenses are treated with seriousness on our campus,” the ECU Alert wrote. “There are free confidential and private resources available to provide supportive measures through both the university disciplinary and criminal processes to all parties.”

Lastly, the alert wrote that all cases of sexual assault are at the fault of the perpetrator and never the victim.

Protests took place the night of the 14th outside of the Theta Chi house and the Main Campus Student Center letters, where attendees shouted “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Theta Chi has got to go!”

The East Carolinian will continue to follow this matter and provide additional coverage.

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