BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Frat house–out of control. A fraternity at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University is suspended after accusations of rape and underage drinking at a recent party.
Christie Ileto has more on the serious allegations.
Behind the doors of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Baltimore City Police say there was a reported sexual assault. Department badges won’t comment, but confirm they’re investigating.
Sources tell our media partner, The Baltimore Sun, a 16-year-old girl came to the Johns Hopkins fraternity with her sister. She’d been drinking and ended up in a bathroom with two men.
“That night, my friends and I were planning on going to that fraternity and ended up going somewhere else. And I’m somewhat glad we did,” said Davis Einolf, JHU student.
In a campus email, the university suspended the frat for underage drinking, saying: “SAE has been directed not to hold parties or any other activities.” They believe: “Individuals are not know to have an affiliation with the university.”
Einolf has friends in that fraternity.
“I haven’t talked to anyone in the fraternity since it happened, but I’m sure they’d be shocked,” he said.
The university notified students of this latest incident soon after the alleged assault was reported. It’s an about-face move from months earlier.
In May, Hopkins was scrutinized for its handling of a 2013 rape at another off-campus frat.
Cheri Smith is with SurvJustice, a group that helped students then file a complaint with the Department of Education.
“I’m really glad the warning came out timely. And I think that’s a vast improvement from last time,” she said.
“After hearing this, you can see what can happen. It makes me a little bit more on my toes,” said Loring Gearhardt, JHU student.
Still, the attack is unsettling to students as the men responsible are on the run.
City police say no arrests have been made.
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