VIDEO: Protests at UMass Amherst over sexual assault allegations against Theta Chi fraternity

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students are asking how the university will proceed following sexual assault allegations made against the Theta Chi fraternity.

Besides a general email sent to the campus community on Monday, the school will need more information before they can proceed. Since that email was sent, more protests have happened outside the Theta Chi Fraternity, 

A helicopter video from protests Monday night, unlike a destructive protest on Sunday, demonstrated a peaceful gathering of hundreds of students. 22News spoke with a senior at UMass Amherst, who was disappointed in the email sent by the school. 

“I felt like it was not a genuine response, it was more to just try and facilitate and keep the peace and obviously what we want it for them to take it seriously,” said Victoria Kelliher. 

According to the statement from the UMass Chancellor, no survivor or witness has come forward to file a complaint so they cannot take any action. The school is encouraging anyone with direct knowledge to contact the university immediately so an investigation can be conducted and those responsible can be held accountable. 

Hundreds of students gathered outside of the Theta Chi Fraternity House for a second straight night Monday calling attention to allegations of sexual assault by members of the fraternity. Monday’s protest remained peaceful but that wasn’t the case over the weekend. Amherst Police told 22News around 300 students participated in Sunday’s protest. Some tipped over a car, others threw objects and graffitied a fence.

MAP: Theta Chi

The fraternity has not responded to 22News requests for comment about the protest or the sexual assault allegations.

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