Memphis Police are investigating a sexual assault on the Rhodes campus.
Details are sketchy right now, but according to a message sent out to Rhodes students and staff, the college’s President says the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house has been searched as part of the investigation. The SAE chapter has been asked to “cease and desist” from all activities.
You can read the email from President Marjorie Hass below.
Dear Students & Colleagues:
We will not tolerate sexual assault in our community.
Last Friday you received a community notification informing you that the Memphis Police Department was investigating a sexual assault. We are offering them full cooperation and assistance. This matter is also being investigated through our own Title IX office.
As has been reported, the police investigation included a search of the SAE house. As soon as we were notified of this, we informed the chapter that they were to cease and desist from all activities.
I have heard many voices speaking out today with anger and a firm commitment to building a strong culture of consent. We must all work towards this together.
My heart goes out to all those who have experienced sexual assault. I admire the strength of survivors who report their assaults and seek justice. And I understand the complex reasons why this crime often goes unreported.
President Marjorie Hass