Rapes reported at two MSU fraternities


BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana State University sends out a timely alert to students, indicating reports of two sexual assaults over the weekend. Both of the alleged assaults happened at fraternity houses. The first report came in around 1:30a Sunday morning. According to an alert sent out by MSU, a woman reported she had been raped at the Sigma Chi Fraternity House on South Willson. About two hours later, MSU Police responded to a report of rape, alleged to have happened sometime on September 13th at the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on South Fifth. We wanted to get more details so, we contacted MSU Chief of Police Robert Putzke. He tells us he doesn't believe the two cases are related. The first alleged sex assault took place on Saturday.The victim reported she was drinking and partying with new friends when she was taken into a room and sexually assaulted by two men. In the second alleged rape, the victim tells police she was with someone she knew and suspected she had been drugged and sexually assaulted. Putzke tells us their primary concern is always the health and emotional wellbeing of the victims and explains they're also offered law enforcement options and encouraged to speak with the Dean of Students. "MSU really takes a very integrated approach in providing all the services that we can to the victims of a horrific crime like this we want them to get the very best care and services as possible as they can and that integrated approach, I think, really helps the victims out," explains Putzke. We've looked into timely warnings before. Timely warnings, like the one issued Monday, are triggered as soon a pertinent information is available for events that have already happened but thought to be a serious or continuing threat. Incidents like rapes, murders or hate crimes could all trigger an alert. Federal law mandates campus officials issue these notifications campus wide. Montana State University officials have told us, in the past, the email system is used because they can reach everyone with a campus email. That includes all students, faculty and staff.