A USC fraternity has been suspended after reports of possible 'drug-facilitated sexual assaults' at a party, school says

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  • USC fraternity Sigma Nu has been suspended, the school said on Thursday.

  • The school said it has received reports of sexual assault and drugs being placed into drinks at a house party.

  • The university has reported the information to the LAPD.

The University of Southern California has suspended a fraternity after the school received reports of sexual assault and spiked drinks at a party, the campus' Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

In a crime alert issued on Thursday, the USC Department of Public Safety said Sigma Nu had been placed on interim suspension and was no longer allowed to host or organize activities or parties.

"The university has received a report of sexual assault at the Sigma Nu fraternity house," the crime alert said. "The university also has received reports of drugs being placed into drinks during a party at the same fraternity house, leading to possible drug-facilitated sexual assaults."

The university has reported the information to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The LAPD didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment, but USC told Insider it takes reports of sexual assault "extremely seriously."

"We are deeply concerned when any student experiences any kind of trauma, and we offer both private and confidential support resources, as well as supportive measures, to involved parties," the school said. "While we are unable to discuss the specifics of this matter due to student privacy laws, we are unequivocal in our commitment to fostering a safe environment for all of our students, faculty and staff."

The national Sigma Nu organization said in a statement that it's "committed to responding appropriately to all matters of confirmed misconduct."

"The Fraternity is concerned by these serious allegations and will seek to work with University officials to investigate the matter," the statement said. "The Fraternity will determine its further actions based upon the investigation."

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