Montana State University – Bozeman Suspends Two Fraternity Houses Because One or Two Members May Have Committed Sexual Assault

October 8, 2013

On September 17, 2013 the Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity houses were temporarily suspended by Montana State University Bozeman Dean of Students Dr. Matthew Caires because of reported sexual assaults that allegedly happened at the fraternity houses.

According to various news reports one woman said that she was accosted by two men at Sigma Chi. Another women thought she had been drugged and sexually assaulted during a party at Pi Kappa Alpha.

There is no accusation that all members of either fraternity sexually assaulted anyone. At this writing, as far as we know, there is no information to substantiate the allegations and it’s quite possible the two women are mistaken, are confused because they were partying to hard, are embarrassed about having casual sex when partying to hard, were partying so hard they could barely remember their first name the next day, or are in fact the unwilling victims of sexual assault.

Regardless, we do not agree that fraternity members not accused of sexual anything should be punished. Regardless, the fraternities need to clean up their acts so their houses are not conducive to real or fabricated accusations.

There is no forgiveness in today’s society for those accused of sexual assault, not even those wrongly accused; not even those wrongly accused from shame, vindictiveness, revenge, or a slew of other reasons women conjure up for a false abuse excuse. A mere allegation of sexual assault is sufficient to destroy the target.