Psi Upsilon Suspended Following Alleged Sexual Assault

Psi Upsilon fraternity — the site of a sexual assault that reportedly occurred Sunday morning — has been placed on interim suspension, the office of fraternities, sororities and independent living announced Monday in a statement. Aside from operation of its residence, the fraternity has been suspended effective Monday from all chapter operations and activities. The University previously suspended Psi Upsilon’s social and new member education activities in January 2015 after an alleged incident involving alcohol and illicit substances. Previously, Psi Upsilon faced a year of judicial probation and a month of social probation after the chapter was found in violation of the University’s Anti-Hazing Policy in the spring of 2011. In the summer of 2008, Psi Upsilon’s alumni board deactivated the chapter over concerns regarding fraternity members’ safety.

Alleged Sexual Assault Reported at Psi Upsilon Fraternity

Cornell Police issued a crime alert Monday afternoon regarding an alleged sexual assault that occurred Sunday morning at 2 Forest Park Lane, the location of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. A female student reported she was sexually assaulted at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, after the perpetrator led her to a bedroom. The perpetrator was described as “a white male, approximately 170 pounds, around 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium complexion and wavy dark brown or black collar-length hair,” according to CUPD. Reports like this are relatively rare in our community because sex offenses are significantly under-reported, according to David M. Honan, CUPD Deputy Chief. “We take careful steps to connect victims of these crimes with supportive resources available here on campus and in our community,” Honan said.