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Mizzou frat accused of requiring pledges to drug, sexually assault women

It's one of many allegations against the frat.


Jaya Saxena


Posted on Oct 14, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 7:25 pm CDT

Pretty much every college-attending girl is given the rundown about frat parties. The general advice is don’t go to them, but if you do, stay with your friends, pour your own drinks, and never let them out of your sight. The reason advice like that is given is because of frats like University of Missouri’s Delta Upsilon fraternity, who are being accused of requiring pledges to drug and sexually assault women.

According to documents of various complaints against DU obtained by the Columbia Tribune, there are multiple open investigations against the frat regarding drugging, hazing, and more. In August and September of 2015, multiple female students expressed concern to residence hall coordinators that they may have been drugged after attending parties at various frats, including Delta Upsilon.

On September 13, a notice was sent to the University’s Title IX office. It reads:

“Active members of Delta Upsilon fraternity allegedly provided each new member with three pills and instructed them to drug women for the purpose of incapacitating them prior to engaging in sexual activity. It has been alleged that new members are required to engage in such conduct in order to complete the initiation process.”

In another document, a residence hall coordinator filed a report about “hazing” at the fraternity. University staff noticed a student sitting “with a bloody hand, wrapped in tissue.” The student later said he had been pledging at DU, and “they made us fight each other.”

The chapter was already on temporary suspension for an incident in which members shouted racial slurs, including the N-word, at students who were members of the Legion of Black Collegians.

The DU chapter also allegedly sent this tweet, but quickly deleted it. Their last tweet listed now was posted on September 11.

The international Delta Upsilon organization said they do not “tolerate or condone” the alleged activities.

In a response to ABC17, Missouri chapter executive director Justin Kirk said the chapter is working with the university to investigate the allegations, “some of which we have just learned of within the last few days,” and are also imposing their own sanctions. But considering just how many allegations have been leveled at the organization, it’s astounding they’ve remained on campus as long as they have.

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*First Published: Oct 14, 2016, 3:18 pm CDT