This letter is published on behalf of the 2012–2013 Executive Board of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi:
To the Wesleyan Community:
The members of Beta Theta Pi share the campus’ outrage at the allegation of physical assault and attempted sexual assault at our chapter house early Sunday morning. We are cooperating with the University and the Middletown Police Department as they seek to identify the alleged attacker, and will continue to help the authorities in every way if and when he is found and arrested. Events such as this compromise the sense of safety and security that we as members of a campus community deserve, and we have zero tolerance for such actions. Unfortunately, sexual assault at Wesleyan remains a problem, and we share the belief that sexual assault, like any kind of assault, is always problematic and utterly unacceptable. That our house became the location of this unfortunate and intolerable crime is a powerful reminder to the entire Wesleyan community that we collectively need to do a better job at raising awareness and prevention of these types of events. Beta Theta Pi plans to strengthen our partnership with Wesleyan’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and we will continue to plan programs for our members such as last semester’s WESpeak-WEStand Bystander Intervention program, which aimed to create a campus culture that is actively engaged in the prevention of sexual assault. We all need to do our part in creating the safer community we deserve, and the incident early Sunday Morning makes it self-evident that we need to do better. Our thoughts, prayers, and solidarity are with the survivor.
We encourage anyone with any information about the incident to call Public Safety at 860-685-2345 or the Middletown Police at 860-344-3200.
—The 2012-2013 Executive Board of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi