Wednesday, December 1, 2021

University of Colorado students protest sexual harassment

Hundreds of University of Colorado Boulder students surrounded the Pi Kappa Alpha House Friday night to protest recent sexual harassment and demand accountability from fraternity and campus leaders.

The Boulder Police Department has received two reports of sexual assault of women at a fraternity home in the 1000 block of 12th Street, one in late October 23 or early October 24 and the second on October 31.

University of Colorado Boulder students gather outside Pi Kappa Alpha House, 1010 12th St. on November 5, 2021, to protest sexual assaults that have been reported in recent weeks. (Katie Langford/Daily Camera)

“Both are in the early stages of investigation. The department takes all such reports seriously and is unable to release further details at this time without compromising the integrity of the investigation,” department spokeswoman Dion Waugh said in a statement.

While the department did not identify Pi Kappa Alpha in its statement, new Morgan Hughes said her friend’s home was attacked on Halloween night.

Hughes, freshman Selena Powell and other students organized protests to raise awareness about sexual harassment on campus.

“We want to send the message that this is not okay,” Powell said. “I think over and over again these things happen, and it’s really sad — we’re basically trying to send a message that sexual assault is not part of the college experience.”

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