Southern Methodist University Investigates Sexual Assault

By Omar Villafranca
|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 11:16 AM CDT
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Southern Methodist University police are investigating a possible sexual assault at one of the fraternity houses.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Southern Methodist University police are investigating a possible sexual assault at one of the fraternity houses.

Southern Methodist University police are investigating a possible sexual assault at one of the fraternity houses.

A woman who is not affiliated with the university reported to SMU police that she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance inside the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, university spokesman Kent Best said in a release. 

A spokesman for the SMU chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon released a statement to The Daily Campus, the university newspaper:

"SAE Texas delta is conducting its own internal investigation regarding the alleged incident this morning at 3005 Dyer Court. The chapter is also fully cooperating with SMU's investigation."

Madison Marchetti, an SMU freshman, said she heard the news via an email from the university.

"It's a really sad situation but it just makes us be more aware of what's going on and what we do at night," Marchetti said.

The freshman said she was already taking precautions when walking around campus.

"We travel in groups and I'm never walking alone," Marchetti said as she walked with three other students. "And if I'm studying late at the library or something then I call the free service that SMU provides called 'Giddy Up' and it's like these golf carts and they just come and pick you up."

SMU police are still investigating the incident. The university recently updated its processes for reporting and investigating sexual misconduct cases, accepting recommendations made by a task force created after five students reported being sexually assaulted on campus.

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