UW fraternity facing new restrictions after rape allegations

SEATTLE -- A rape investigation triggered new restrictions at a University of Washington fraternity house, which is now temporarily banned from hosting any more parties.

Someone raped a woman inside Zeta Psi during a party last week, according to Seattle police, and now the fraternity is under strict new discipline.

UW junior Olivia Reed has attended a few frat parties - though not at Zeta Psi - and said it's not her scene.

"Individually, you meet people that are in frats and sororities and it's really positive," Reed said. "But then when it gets into this larger environment, there's a loss of accountability."

The rape occurred May 21st. A friend took the victim from the house to call for help and medical care. The next day, the campus notified students about the assault. Many were surprised by the crime.

"Everyone in the Greek community has been really welcoming. that being said, I'm a male and so I get a different scene of it. I don't know how safe it is for females," said Grant Sportelli, a UW sophomore.

The fraternity had failed to register their party - as required - the night of the rape. UW administrators have since ordered Zeta Psi to suspend all social activities involving alcohol and large groups of people. According to police, these parties are generally restricted to fraternity brothers and their invited guests. Detectives hope that will help them narrow down their list of suspects.

Both the local and national chapter presidents said they could not comment on the discipline because the case remains an open investigation.

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