Jessie Bekker

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UMN greek leaders, advocates say more could be done to tackle sexual assault

With the suspension of Delta Upsilon last month over sexual assault allegations and alcohol and substance misuse, renewed attention has been leveraged on the greek life community’s response to sexual assault. While University of Minnesota fraternity leaders condemn acts of sexual violence, they say they’re not adequately prepared to tackle the issue on campus. “It’s a much bigger issue than what [the Interfraternity Council] is equipped to handle,” said IFC president Simon Beck, adding that he thinks sexual assaults in fraternities represent one “bad apple” rather than a culture.


Protesters rally against rape culture in UMN frat row march

Holding signs that read “I believe the survivor” and “Silence secrets does not equal brotherhood,” a group of about 80 protesters marched along fraternity row on University Avenue Southeast Saturday to speak out against campus sexual assault. “This isn’t just about women, it’s about toxic masculinity and how pervasive that is within the fraternity system,” said Sarah Super — an advocate for sexual assault survivors — who founded the campaign, Break the Silence Day, and organized the Saturday protest.


Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke and Abby Honold, two University of Minnesota students, describe the aftermath of their sexual assaults.

After reporting their sexual assaults, UMN students say they faced hurdles, distress

Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke met her rapist on Tinder. For a week, the two chatted about school and their mutual greek life connection. They planned a date on a Friday night in mid-October — and she told him she wasn’t interested in sex. But when Ortmeier-Clarke’s perpetrator arrived at her apartment in Stadium Village, he smelled of alcohol and stumbled over his words.


Delta Upsilon officials were aware of sex assaults 10 months before suspension

The University of Minnesota’s Delta Upsilon fraternity chapter was suspended Friday after a member alerted international representatives about multiple sexual assaults committed by members in the last two years. Delta Upsilon’s international offices notified the University’s chapter by email Friday of the temporary suspension for “serious violations of the Fraternity’s ideals and principles.” The email didn’t specify the nature of the violations. The chapter was ordered to cease all operations until an investigation is completed, according to the email. Fraternity officials suspended the chapter four days after it was told by a member of the University’s chapter that the Minnesota Daily had learned of issues — which included multiple sexual assaults — within the house, said Dawson Kimyon, physics senior and the member of Delta Upsilon who reached out to the fraternity’s headquarters. At least three sexual assault reports involving Delta Upsilon members were investigated by the University in the last two years, according to sexual misconduct data obtained through public records requests. Two Delta Upsilon members were sanctioned by the University last spring for committing the three sexual assaults at chapter events in the spring of 2015. One member was expelled from the University after he was found responsible by the school for committing at least two sexual assaults that year.


Turbulent month roils football program: Suspensions, boycott, protest, firings

A woman reported a sexual assault to the Minneapolis Police Department four months ago, and a storm ensued, roiling the University of Minnesota’s Athletics Department over winter break. Prior to the suspension of 10 University of Minnesota football players connected to the alleged assault, restraining orders were served and lifted, and angry reactions from Gophers players spawned a turnover in team leadership. Now, the team will kick off their 2017 season under P.J.


Gophers football players demand 'due process.' The U already promises it.

In the last six days, 10 players on the Gophers football team received an athletics suspension, the entire 126-player team boycotted football activities and, in a less-than-48-hour turn of events, the team ceased its protest. The 10 players were suspended from all football activities Tuesday after a University of Minnesota investigation linked them to an alleged Sept.


Claeys on disciplinary process training: 'We have to do a lot better'

In his first public appearance since the football team announced the end of their boycott Saturday, Gophers football head coach Tracy Claeys dwelled on the reason behind the boycott, saying various times it was to achieve "due process" for their 10 teammates suspended over an alleged Sept.