Anchorage fraternity investigated for sexual harrassment

  • By Associated Press
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:43pm
  • News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fraternity at the University of Alaska Anchorage is under investigation for sexual harassment.

The university has temporarily suspended Tau Kappa Epsilon from hosting on-campus recruitment activities as it investigates reports of allegations.

On Monday, female students reported that fraternity members made derogatory comments about the women’s physical appearances, University Director of Campus Diversity and Compliance Marva Watson said.

The students were walked past a fraternity informational table at the university’s student union when the comments about their size and other physical attributes were allegedly made. “We will just not tolerate that,” Watson said.

Tau Kappa Epsilon is one of two active fraternities at University of Alaska Anchorage. Tau Kappa Epsilon’s president declined to comment. TKE International Fraternity Chief Information Officer Alex Baker said the organization has started its own investigation into the allegations. “We have been in contact with the university officials and will be partnering with them on their investigation,” Baker said.

The fraternity is fully cooperating with the investigation, Watson said.

Title IX investigators, who enforce the law guaranteeing gender equality in education, are expected to host an educational session with the fraternity next week, Watson said. The university will then work with the fraternity to lift the recruitment restriction.

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