Status of Delta Kappa Epsilon

Status of Delta Kappa Epsilon

The Office of the Dean of Students would like to inform the Wake Forest University community of the interim suspension of the Psi Delta chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity following alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct. If found responsible, the violations could result in suspension or revocation of recognition by the University.

This organization has been on deferred suspension following code of conduct violations from the previous year. While on deferred suspension, the organization is required to register social events and have a risk management plan approved through the Office of Student Engagement. Deferred suspension makes clear that “an additional finding of responsibility during the suspension period will result in suspension or revocation of University Recognition.”

This interim suspension is the result of an alleged incident on September 1, 2018. Specifically, it was reported that the fraternity hosted an unregistered party at the chapter house located at 1101 Polo Road.

The organization was placed on interim suspension on September 2 out of concern for the safety and general welfare of the community. The investigation into the events on September 1 is underway. The interim suspension will remain in effect until the investigation is complete and next steps are identified in writing by the Office of the Dean of Students.

This suspension means that the Psi Delta chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity may not function or participate in chapter-related meetings, recruitment, social functions, or activities on or off Wake Forest University’s campus. If this suspension is violated, individuals and/or the chapter may be charged with additional violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Since that incident, the university received additional reports of unregistered parties hosted by Delta Kappa Epsilon. The Wake Forest University Police Department received two separate, anonymous reports on September 16 of alleged sexual assaults at 1101 Polo Road, also known as the Delta Kappa Epsilon House, on September 14. University Police officials do not know if the two anonymous reports are about one alleged incident or two separate alleged incidents. It is also unknown at this time if the alleged incidents are individual or organizational in nature. After evaluating the criteria outlined by The Clery Act, University Police determined these reports warranted a timely warning which was sent by email to the university community on September 17.

Since neither anonymous report identified the victim, possible assailants or witnesses, police are unable to begin an official investigation unless additional information becomes available.

The Office of the Dean of Students will provide updates about the status of the organization after the student conduct process is complete.

In the spirit of transparency, we believe it is important to notify our campus community when student organizations are involved in such incidents. We invite you to reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5226 if you have questions or concerns.

Editor’s note: This blog post was updated on Sept. 26 to clarify the date the fraternity was placed on interim suspension (Sept. 2) and to note that there is no police investigation into the anonymous allegations of sexual assault.

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