St Andrews University faces rape scandal as several fraternity members accused
The stream includes more than 20 allegations of rape and several other allegations of sexual assault, physical assault and coercion by students at the prestigious university.
Many of the allegations focused on a single fraternity, the chapter of St Andrews of Alpha Epsilon Pi – a popular student group based in the United States who has also been confronted with several allegations and police investigations into sexual misconduct in some of its American chapters.
The St Andrews-based frat branch has suspended many of its members following allegations.
Students, including Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, attended St Andrews, which is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and consistently ranks near the top of the world ranking of higher education institutions.
A spokesperson The institution said on Monday that it had contacted the owners of the Instagram page and offered assistance to those making complaints, including offers of advice and assistance in reporting complaints to the university or the police. CNN contacted Police Scotland for comment.
He added that the university would introduce a compulsory orientation module for the next academic year, focused on consent.
“We applaud the efforts of the ‘St Andrews Survivors’ account to provide people of all genders a space to express their experiences of sexual misconduct,” the university said in a statement. “The main concern of the University is to ensure that survivors know that we are ready and willing to support their decisions and take action, facilitate reporting to the police and provide ongoing support accordingly.”
More allegations against Alpha Epsilon Pi
The chapter of the University of Alpha Epsilon Pi came under particular scrutiny after a number of alleged victims said that members of the group attacked them.
Neither the St Andrews Chapter nor the US-based national brotherhood responded to CNN’s requests for comment, but the former said in a July 3 statement: “We find the content of these allegations heinous and take them extremely seriously. ”
The fraternity is not an official university society.
“The chapter immediately suspended members who admitted to having played a role in the alleged incidents and engaged them in the process of expelling Alpha Epsilon Pi, which allows for a thorough investigation,” he said, adding that he “would conduct a review of the leadership of our chapter to hold them accountable for their actions”. the actions of our members. “
A number of Instagram posts specifically accusing the St Andrews chapter were then removed from the “St Andrews Survivors” page, but Alpha Epsilon Pi St Andrews said in a statement that he “had no involvement” in this move. .
The university spokesperson told CNN that St Andrews had informed the creators of the page of the legal risks of specifically naming the organizations in the posts, but the university and the creators of the account said the institution didn’t had not attempted to suppress the allegations.
American-style college fraternities are much less popular in British universities, which generally favor societies funded by a student union, but some have small sections in Britain.