Drink tampering & sexual assault reported at ECU Theta Chi frat house

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An alert sent out by East Carolina University says university police got a report Tuesday of an alleged drink tampering of two people, one of which led to a sexual assault at the Theta Chi fraternity house.

The same fraternity was investigated for drink tampering in October 2020 and October 2021. It was also investigated for sexual assault alongside the drink tampering investigation in the fall of 2021. Protests followed in an effort to get the fraternity removed from campus.

The Tuesday alert says that the drink tampering and sexual assault took place on Aug. 20th, 2022 and that the alleged perpetrator is known to the victim.

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

The university reminds people to not accept drinks at social gatherings and to report any suspicious or criminal activity as soon as possible.

ECU’s Theta Chi got in trouble last fall after a reported drink tampering and sexual assault case at the fraternity house from Oct. 29th. Days of protests followed, calling for the university to kick the fraternity off of campus.

A 30-day cease and desist order was issued on Nov. 11th, restricting all chapter operations of the fraternity at the school, with the exception of official chapter meetings.

In February, the Greenville Police Department said its investigation into the sexual assault case was “considered closed as the victim decided not to proceed with a criminal investigation.”

A protest is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the Theta Chi house in reaction to the alleged drink tampering and sexual assault.

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