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More rapes reported, frats suspended at UT-Arlington

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The total number of rape cases reported on the University of Texas Arlington campus has climbed to four and the number of fraternities suspended now sits at five.

University leaders said the most recent sexual assault allegedly happened Saturday inside the Life Sciences Building.

However, they do not believe it is related to the three other cases which all allegedly happened at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house.

Leaders at the headquarters of the fraternity said late Tuesday they have directed the chapter at UT-Arlington to cease operations.

University police said a young woman reported the most recent incident at the frat house on Sept. 7 after she was found unconscious in a dorm. Since then two other women have come forward about incidents on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

The male student accused in the Sept. 7 case was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. There have been no suspensions or details released about the suspects in the other two cases.

During the course of the investigation, the university suspended five fraternities for allegedly hosting unregistered parities where there was underage drinking. Those fraternities include Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi, Pi Kappa Alpha and now Alpha Tau Omega.

They will not be allowed to participate in any organizational activity on or off campus while the university investigates allegations of alcohol abuse by students under the age of 21.

Police haven't released many details about the rape that happened inside the Life Sciences Building.

Some students interviewed by FOX 4 on Tuesday said they worried about their safety.

As for the fraternities, UT Arlington said it "values its fraternal organizations and the significant contributions and service they provide to the community, and is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment."

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