AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Amherst police are investigating after two women were taken to the hospital after a party was held at fraternity house.
According to a news release sent to 22News from Amherst Police Detective William Menard, officers conducted a search warrant on 20 Allen Street at around 1:20 p.m. Friday after being denied entry at 1:20 a.m. by uncooperative college aged men for a report of an unresponsive woman in need of medical attention.
When the search warrant was conducted at the satellite fraternity house for Alpha Epsilon Pi, officers found what appeared to be an underage drinking party taking place. The woman was found at a nearby house where she was taken by party hosts of the fraternity. She was taken to Holyoke Hospital by paramedics of the Amherst Fire Department.
Officers learned another woman was who attended the party, was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital with assistance by UMass Police.
Amherst Detectives reported health and safety violations within the building and residents were ordered to vacate by town inspectors after it was deemed uninhabitable.
Edward Blaguszewski, Executive Director of Strategic Communications for UMass-Amherst, sent 22News this statement:
UMass Amherst placed Alpha Epsilon Pi on interim suspension immediately after being notified of the December 3 matter by Amherst Police.
The university’s office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is working closely with the Amherst Police to review the incident. The university is addressing the matter with the utmost urgency and seriousness. In view of the nature of the allegations, which include police observation of what they said appeared to be an underage drinking party, the fraternity was immediately ordered to cease and desist all chapter-related functions including chapter meetings, recruitment events and social functions until further notice. The fraternity’s national organization also initiated a cease-and-desist order for the chapter.
The property at 20 Allen Street is not a sanctioned fraternity house. Rather, individual members of the fraternity apparently lived together at the property.
The Dean of Students Office has been in contact with the students who required medical attention, as well as their families, to provide support, and both of the students have been released from the hospital.
The university will conduct a full review of the matter. If the fraternity or individual students are found responsible for violations of the UMass Code of Student Conduct, they may face sanctions that range up to suspension or expulsion from the university.
The investigation is being conducted by Amherst Detectives, members of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, UMass Police, Amherst Fire Department, and Amherst building inspectors.