Chi Psi and Delta Kappa Epsilon frats in sex assault investigations

Two University of Minnesota fraternity houses are now under the microscope after separate reports of booze-related sexual assaults on consecutive weekends, and drawing media attention for the wrong reasons as campus parties crank up ahead of homecoming.

Police have warned students to lay off excessive drinking, and to buddy-up when going out. And fraternity presidents have met to figure out ways to keep their houses safe.

In the latest incident, a 19-year-old female student told police she woke up with injuries on Sunday after being raped at Chi Psi Fraternity this past weekend. She got herself to the hospital, but she can't remember any details about what happened to her.

The previous weekend, a man trapped a 20-year-old woman in a bathroom at Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, just a few doors down University Avenue from Chi Psi, and almost raped her. Two frat members were beaten and robbed inside the house the same weekend.

Marty Chorzempa, president of the Interfraternity Council, said its members take the incidents seriously. And after last Monday's meeting with fraternity presidents, he thought members were going to work harder on security and safety at parties.

"Apparently more needs to be done," he told KSTP.

There have been no arrests in either assault.

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