CMU fraternity suspended over sexual pictures, videos

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Carnegie Mellon University has suspended one of its fraternities after finding evidence of sexual pictures and videos taken inside the fraternity and emailed to other fraternity members.

School officials were notified by a student about the pictures and videos taken inside the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house, which is located on CMU's campus.

"Although I am mindful not to presume guilt while the investigation is still in progress, I was shocked and deeply disappointed when I learned about these allegations," said CMU President Jared Cohon in an email to students.

The school believes that "a relatively small number of individuals are depicted in these images," said Gina Casalegno, dean of student affairs, in a another letter emailed to students.

CMU police are partnering with outside law enforcement officials in investigating the incident.

"If the facts uncovered in the investigation indicate that individuals have engaged in behaviors that violate our standards or the law, we will vigorously pursue internal disciplinary actions consistent with our protocols and refer matters to law enforcement officials for further action as appropriate," said Ms. Casalegno in the letter.

The CMU chapter of the Beta Theta Pi has also been suspended by the national fraternity organization pending the results of the investigation, CMU officials said.

The university is not commenting aside from a news release.

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Anya Sostek: asostek@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1308. First Published March 30, 2013 12:00 AM


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