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UCLA Student Sues 2 Frats over Alleged Sexual Assault

September 05, 2018 - 2:26 pm
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(KNX 1070) - A UCLA student sues two fraternities -- and the council that oversees them -- claiming they do little, if anything, to prevent the "widespread problem of alcohol abuse and sexual assault."

The two fraternities are Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta:

The unnamed woman is also suing the former UCLA student she says plied her with alcohol and raped her two years ago.

The suit claims she reported this and a similar alleged attack by the same man on another student, a minor, but nothing was done and a fraternity board member tried to dissuade her from filing a complaint.

The plaintiff sought help from a professor, who made a report to UCLA's Title IX office.

The alleged attacker was eventually kicked out of the fraternity and expelled from the university.

The plaintiff's attorney, Keith Fink, insists the fraternities and UCLA could do a lot more to improve safety

A UCLA spokesman notes - in a statement - the university is not named in the lawsuit. He says UCLA's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works closely with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) - seeking to "continually strengthen student safety within the Greek community."

The IFC's president tells the Los Angeles Times the organization has launched several reforms this year to strengthen student safety.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon declined to comment, citing pending litigation.

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