TKE fraternity suspends social events and drops chapter member after sexual assault allegations

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The UC San Diego chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity has announced its decision to suspend all remaining social events for the Spring 2022 term in conjunction with its response to recent allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. against a chapter member. TKE released their statement on May 13 on Instagram advising of a member’s withdrawal after a pattern of sexual violence came to their attention, in addition to announcing their decision to suspend all social events for the remainder of the quarter. .

In an email to The UCSD Guardian, TKE Vice President Kassra Tehranchi provided additional information about the decision to remove the member.

“We received an allegation of sexual assault from a member of the Panhellenic community against one of our members,” Tehranchi said. “We received testimony from both members, met with the other member’s chapter board and mutually agreed to two conclusions. First, we agreed that there was not enough evidence and information to fire our member, and second, we agreed to meet again after this weekend, which was the birthday weekend. mothers. We have received testimonials from several members of the Panhellenic community who have demonstrated an unacceptable pattern of sexual abuse from our former member. »

Tehranchi also apologized for his member’s actions and said his organization supports victims of sexual assault.

“As a chapter, we are extremely disappointed that our former member committed this act against members of a community that we want to strengthen,” Tehranchi said.

Earlier this year, numerous allegations of sexual assault/harassment, substance abuse, and physical abuse were reported to people involved in UCSD sorority and fraternity life.

In February, the Collegiate Panhellenic Association decided to cancel all social events with the Interfraternity Council for the remainder of the 2022 winter term over allegations of sexual misconduct and physical abuse. In 2019, UCSD implemented a multi-year suspension of the campus’ Sigma Chi chapter due to an investigation into allegations of sexual assault and drug abuse.

In a follow-up email, Tehranchi stated his organization’s intentions to reflect on its culture to further prevent incidents of sexual misconduct and assault.

“The thing is, these incidents happened by one of our former members, at our social events, under our roofs,” Tehranchi said. “To move forward, our culture needs to look internally and identify all of the weak points that allowed such horrible behavior.”

the UC Policies and Codes of Conduct explain the rights and responsibilities of students and employees to ensure that UC is a safe environment and how UC handles reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment.

UCSD encourages anyone with knowledge of occurrences related to sexual misconduct to contact the Office for Harassment Prevention at (858) 534-8298 or online at [email protected].

CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center is UCSD’s confidential sexual and gender-based violence (dating violence, domestic violence, harassment) advocacy and education office. Contact them at (858) 534-5793 or by email at [email protected] They are located at the Student Services Center, 5th Floor, Suite 500.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Tran for The UCSD Guardian

Correction: This article was updated at 4:35 p.m. on May 22.

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