An update on recent Cal Poly sexual assault investigations



Considering that there are several ongoing investigations and probations involving Cal Poly Greek life and alleged sexual assault, New Times sought information to provide readers with a comprehensive update.

For starters, as of press time on Feb. 18, the entirety of university Greek life is still on social probation. This probation began on Jan. 13, and was prompted by three reported sexual assaults involving fraternities in the span of three months.

University spokesman Matt Lazier told New Times that the work of developing a plan to create culture change and properly address student health and safety is ongoing.

“As this work continues, Greek life remains on social probation,” Lazier wrote in an email to New Times. “We are confident in our student leaders and will continue to collaborate with them to create a plan that reflects the Mustang Way and serves as a model of culture change.”

As far as the criminal side of the three reported sexual assault incidents—which allegedly occurred on Oct. 31 and Dec. 6 of 2014 and Jan. 10 of this year—Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said that none of the reported assaults will result in criminal charges.

Cunningham said there was “insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt” for the Oct. 31 and Jan. 10 incidents, and law enforcement was never involved with the Dec. 6 incident.

Nevertheless, the Cal Poly Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter—associated with the alleged Oct. 31 incident—was handed down a minimum six-year suspension on Jan. 13. Lazier said the chapter has since appealed the suspension, and their appeal is “under review right now,” though there is “no set timeline for a resolution.”

The Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity chapter—associated with the alleged Dec. 6 incident—was placed on social probation on the same day. The university decided on Feb. 12 that that probation would last through Dec. 6 of this year, Lazier said.

Alpha Gamma Rho can appeal that decision but, according to Lazier, hasn’t done so as of Feb. 18. The appeal deadline is March 12.

As for the alleged Jan. 10 incident, Lazier wrote in an email that “the university received a report of a sexual assault associated with a Greek organization social function.

“A substantial investigation concluded that, while an assault is likely to have occurred, we did not have enough information to link it further with a chapter,” he concluded.

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