USC Frat Suspended Over Sexual Assault Allegations

A University of Southern California fraternity has been suspended as police investigate allegations that three students were assaulted at a rowdy party this week.

University officials said three women said they were assaulted at Lambda Chi Alpha's frat house, in the 700 block of West 28th Street, early Wednesday.

"We have received reports of alleged sexual assaults involving three female students that are said to have occurred at the USC Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house April 15 in the early morning hours," USC Vice President of University Affairs Michael L. Jackson said in a statement.

Los Angeles police say they've interviewed one victim. Jackson said he hoped the other victims would come forward.

"We are reaching out to the students and providing as much help as  possible. We are also conducting our own investigation into student conduct issues and have placed the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity on interim suspension until all the facts are known," Jackson said.

A 19-year-old student contacted police and told them she attended a mixer at the fraternity house, drank punch, blacked out and woke up several hours later partly unclothed. She said she may have been sexually assaulted.

"The victim sought medical treatment and notified law enforcement.  Based on their investigation, detectives believe that there might be additional victims and witnesses."

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