RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) -- The UNR chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity has been temporarily suspended by their national organization and the University after a recent report detailing songs referencing sexual assault.
The Nevada Sagebrush first reported in November that fraternity documents were left open on an on-campus computer. TKE documents contained songs about sexual assault, including specific references to two UNR sororities.
UNR officials learned of the documents in late October. Shortly thereafter, both the University and the national TKE organization temporarily suspended the UNR chapter.
The UNR communications team released the following statement.
The University was first made aware of the documents Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. Upon receipt from Nevada Sagebrush Editor Madeline Purdue, the University’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life immediately notified the TKE national office, which placed the fraternity on temporary suspension while it investigates. The University also placed the Pi-lota chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon on interim suspension.
The Office of Student Conduct has since opened an investigation into the fraternity.
The Office of Student Conduct has jurisdiction when allegations of misconduct by a club or organization are reported and will investigate allegations. The investigations of misconduct by a club or organization may result in findings of responsibility for the group or the individual members of the group.
Tau Kappa Epsilon issued the following response to the suspension, saying -- in part -- the chapter's actions did not represent the "values and culture" of the national organization.
Tau Kappa Epsilon has temporarily suspended our Pi-Iota chapter at the University of Nevada-Reno. We are currently investigating the alleged disgusting actions that do not represent the values and culture of Tau Kappa Epsilon. We are partnering with the university during this investigation, and will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
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