SMU police expect charges in alleged assault
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 00:02
Recent police investigations into the Feb. 10 alleged assault at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house have uncovered several new pieces of information.
SMU police expect Class A misdemeanor charges for unlawful restraint and assault to be filed against several SMU students, based on the investigation thus far, according to an email from Kent Best, Executive Director of News and Communications.
A student, who is not affiliated with Sigma Phi Epsilon, reported to SMU police that he was held against his will and struck numerous times.
Following the alleged assault the victim sought medical attention where he was treated and then released.
Due to the continuing investigation SMU has placed Sigma Phi Epsilon on temporary deferred suspension. This prohibits the fraternity from hosting activities, among other sanctions.
“SMU takes seriously any allegations of student misconduct and also will pursue this matter through its Student Code of Conduct process,” Best said.
“In addition, the national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has ordered the SMU chapter to cease all activities for an indefinite period of time.”
The Daily Campus has reached out to current Sigma Phi Epsilon President Billy Hightower for comment.
Hightower has not responded to the emails, but did send a prepared statement to The Dallas Morning News Tuesday morning.
The statement read:
“Multiple members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter at Southern Methodist have been implicated in a series of inappropriate activities that occurred on Sunday, February 10. As a chapter, we cannot support any actions that do not reflect our Fraternity’s mission of building balanced men. All members involved, including those who were bystanders to the incident, have been suspended from the chapter pending an ongoing criminal investigation. The chapter and its members will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.”
More updates on the investigation will follow.