Strict new rules regarding fraternities are in place at Clemson University as a way to reduce the possibility of sexual assault. The problem is that the allegations which spurred the changes have been proven false.
Campus Reform reports that in late January, an 18-year-old woman named Sarah Campbell claimed she was sexually assaulted at the Delta Chi fraternity house by someone who was neither a student nor a member of the fraternity.
The next day, the president of Clemson's Intrafraternity Council (IFC), Landon Flowers, issued a statement suspending all activities at fraternity houses indefinitely. Flowers specifically cited Campbell's claims. However, it was found that Campbell's claims were false and that what occurred at the Delta Chi house was consensual. She is now facing felony charges for filing a false police report. One might think that would put a stop to the new regulations, but not so much.
Rules include: guests must show Clemson IDs, guest lists must be submitted to the IFC, and there must be a limited number of events and a specific ratio of security guards.
Nicholas Bunker, a member of Clemson University fraternity Theta Chi, spoke with Campus Reform:
“Clemson and the IFC look particularly bad because they shut us down based on accusations and alleged misbehavior, when it turned out that no such thing happened,” he asserted. “It showed how dangerous it can be to make charges and assumptions without evidence. Our country operates on the premise of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ for very good reason.”