Many fraternities are known for their wild drinking parties and taking things to the extreme. However, Wisconsin college students should understand that illegal actions, including underage drinking, drugs and sexual assault, may lead to severe consequences that could affect their lives for a significant period of time.
The Sanburg Residence Hall is home to Tau Kappa Epsilon, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee fraternity. Last year, law enforcement officers investigated the fraternity for three alleged sexual assault incidents, none of which led to charges or an arrest. The fraternity is currently under investigation again due to excessive underage drinking, and reports of the date rape drug being added to party-goers alcoholic beverages.
The university has already removed its affiliation with the fraternity pending the results of the investigation. Although the university has no control over the fraternity house, as it is private property and not regulated by UWM, they are able to disseminate their contact with the fraternity itself, as well as hold the students accountable for their actions.
After a recent late-night party, several young women and men were found severely intoxicated and bearing a red X on their hand. Some of the students had to be hospitalized, and one had a measured blood alcohol level of 0.225 percent, which is substantially higher than the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
College students who are facing criminal charges may find it extremely beneficial to obtain legal counsel. A criminal conviction can lead to fines, loss of financial aid and jail-time. Students may also be removed from the university. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help you explore all of your options.
Source: Journal Sentinel, “Police probe whether UVM fraternity members put drugs in party drinks,” Ashley Luthern, Karen Herzog, Sept. 18, 2014.