MIT fraternity suspended because of woman's fall from window

A woman who was injured in a fall from third-floor window at an MIT fraternity party in Boston landed on a garage roof, a witness said.
By Frances Burns   |   Sept. 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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BOSTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- An MIT fraternity is under investigation by both Boston officials and its parent organization after a woman fell from a window during a party.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha has been suspended pending the outcome of the probe, a spokesman for the international organization said Tuesday. That means the fraternity cannot host any activities, meet as a group or participate in other events.

The woman fell from a third-story window late Sunday at the fraternity house, which is in Boston, across the Charles River from the MIT campus in Cambridge. A witness told the Boston Globe she landed on the roof of a one-story garage.

Brooke Ames, a freshman at Emanuel College, said the woman leaned back while she was dancing and tumbled out the unscreened window. She said the party was advertised as dry and she did not see anyone drinking alcohol.

Buddy Christopher, a spokesman for the city's Inspectional Services Department, said MIT never responded to a request for building plans for fraternities and other organizations that might seek permits to hold parties with 50 or more guests. "If you want to have a party of 50 people or more, you have to get what's called an assembly occupancy," Christopher told the Boston Herald. "The assembly permit is something we take very seriously. We've asked for this back in January and we never got anything."

Officials have not released the name of the injured woman, describing her only as a student at a college other than MIT. After the fall, she was taken to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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