Stu­dent in­jured af­ter al­leged as­sault

U of A aid­ing in in­ves­ti­ga­tion of in­ci­dent near fra­ter­nity

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - News - Kevin Maimann

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter a Univer­sity of Al­berta stu­dent was hos­pi­tal­ized with “ex­ten­sive in­juries” fol­low­ing an as­sault near a frat house in Garneau.

An Edmonton Po­lice Ser­vice spokesper­son con­firmed Wed­nes­day that a man was as­saulted out­side of the Delta Kappa Ep­silon fra­ter­nity house near the U of A’s north cam­pus, and said they do not have any sus­pects in cus­tody.

U of A Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices is as­sist­ing EPS with the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, univer­sity spokesper­son Bryan Alary said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day.

“One in­di­vid­ual, a cur­rent U of A stu­dent, suf­fered ex­ten­sive in­juries as a re­sult of the at­tack,” Alary said, adding the in­ci­dent took place on Sept. 7.

“The health, safety and well­be­ing of our stu­dents is of the ut­most im­por­tance to the univer­sity. Both the Of­fice of the Dean of Stu­dents and the Fac­ulty of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies and Re­search are ac­tively pro­vid­ing sup­port to the in­jured stu­dent.”

Alary said the U of A’s dean of stu­dents is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fra­ter­nity’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

U of A Stu­dents’ Union spokesper­son Alix Kemp said the union “con­demns all vi­o­lence on cam­pus” but would not make fur­ther com­ment un­til more in­for­ma­tion about what hap­pened be­comes avail­able.

U of A In­ter-fra­ter­nity Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Rory Storm also said the IFC could not com­ment on the in­ci­dent un­til they learn more, but added that vi­o­lence is not typ­i­cal of fra­ter­ni­ties at the univer­sity.

Delta Kappa Ep­silon was given a five-year sus­pen­sion in fall 2010 af­ter a video sur­faced show­ing stu­dents be­ing con­fined in a ply­wood box, forced to eat vomit, and de­prived of sleep, by other fra­ter­nity mem­bers.

The U of A’s dean of stu­dents lifted the sus­pen­sion two years early and re­in­stated the frat, say­ing they had com­mit­ted to elim­i­nat­ing haz­ing af­ter un­der­go­ing anti-haz­ing train­ing.

Linda Crock­ett, founder and pres­i­dent of the Al­berta Bul­ly­ing Re­cov­ery, Re­sources Re­search Cen­tre, said the bound­aries of haz­ing are get­ting higher at fra­ter­ni­ties and wor­ries that might be in­volved in the stu­dent’s in­jury.

“It’s hor­rif­i­cally dan­ger­ous. We’re los­ing peo­ple to ac­ci­den­tal death and sui­cide when it comes to haz­ing,” she said. “The peer pres­sure is just in­cred­i­ble.”

Garneau res­i­dent Dou­glas Shin­nan, who lives one street over from Delta Kappa Ep­silon, said the as­sault is a “con­cern,” but he has not been both­ered by dis­tur­bances from the house in the past.

“I’ve lived here for seven years and never had a prob­lem,” he said.

one in­di­vid­ual, a cur­rent u of a stu­dent, suf­fered ex­ten­sive in­juries as a re­sult of the at­tack. Bryan Alary, Univer­sity of Al­berta spokesper­son

Kevin TUong/for meTro

the delta Kappa Ep­silon fra­ter­nity house near 87 av­enue and 110 Street.

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