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UNM investigating sexual assault complaint involving Sigma Chi

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico is investigating the local chapter of the fraternity Sigma Chi in connection to allegations of sexual assault, according to a UNM official.

Information about dates or individuals involved in the allegations wasn’t immediately available on Friday afternoon.

The Office of Equal Opportunity, an office on campus that investigates sexual assault and harassment, confirmed Friday they were investigating.

“OEO confirms an investigation into the Sigma Chi fraternity is underway, and is asking anyone with information pertaining to the organization regarding sexual misconduct or sexual assault to please contact OEO at 277-5251,” a news release said.

The complaint originated at a meeting of the Interfraternity Council on Monday April 25.

President of the fraternity Matthew Pierce said the organization is “complying fully with the university and OEO.” He referred requests for national comment to the national offices of Sigma Chi.

The investigation comes on the heels of a Department of Justice into the way UNM handles allegations of sexual assault and harassment, and found UNM sometimes failed to comply with federal laws regarding such incidents.