San Diego State University placed the Kappa Alpha fraternity on interim suspension after a female freshman student was injured at the fraternity’s house. The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday, October 17 and the university announced the suspension on Friday, October 19.
According to reports from ABC 10, the mother of an unnamed freshman student said that he suffered a concussion, a fractured wrist, sprained ankle, and bruises on his back. Additionally, she said that her son was “blackout” drunk.
However, how the student sustained those injuries is not known at this time.
In a statement, the national Kappa Alpha organization said that they are looking into the incident and “will be glad to report back when there are more facts known.”
“The health and wellbeing of all members of the campus community is of utmost importance to San Diego State University.
The university is investigating the report of an individual who required medical assistance after being present at a fraternity house near the campus. On Friday, October 19, SDSU placed the fraternity on interim suspension. The university has also reached out to the individual involved and the family of that individual to offer support and resources.
As the investigation is ongoing, the University will not make further comments at this time.”
The suspension of Kappa Alpha at San Diego State University is the latest major fraternity or sorority lawsuit, investigation, suspension or closure in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State University, and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who was shut down for hazing and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State, West Virginia University, and Penn State University have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.