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USF fraternity council condemns sexual assault amid member’s arrest

USF student Andrew Lake was released on Oct. 26 on a $35,000 bail. ORACLE PHOTO/JUSTIN SEECHARAN

USF’s Interfraternity Council released (IFC) a statement this week condemning actions of sexual assault “in light of recent events,” according to an Instagram post from the council.

“We stand with the survivor who was affected in this incident,” the council said Tuesday. “The member who committed this despicable act does not represent the values and morals of IFC.”

IFC, an organization  of 15 fraternity chapters at the university, did not specify the name of the member it referenced in the post. IFC also didn’t say if the member would face any disciplinary actions from the fraternity.

On Oct. 25, USF student Andrew Lake, 21, was arrested on charges of sexual battery on a person 18 years or older, according to a report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake listed on his LinkedIn that he is a member of USF’s Sigma Chi Fraternity and will graduate in May 2024. 

The local chapter, founded in 1979, has 67 active members. Among its core values: “integrity” and “self-control,” according to its page on IFC’s website.

Lake was arrested by the Tampa Police Department at 11326 N 46th St., according to the report. The address is an off-campus apartment complex, The Retreat, where USF’s Sigma Chi is located.

Tampa Police was contacted by a detective and advised of a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office warrant issued against Lake, according to a copy of the affidavit obtained by The Oracle. Upon arrival at Lake’s address, officers made contact with a roommate who had Lake come to the door, according to the affidavit. Lake was placed in handcuffs and advised he was under arrest for the warrant issued against him, according to the affidavit.

More information about the incident is unclear. Details were redacted in the affidavit obtained by The Oracle. 

Dean of Students Danielle McDonald confirmed Lake is a USF student in an email sent to The Oracle on Oct. 27.

“In general a student who is arrested may be subject to sanctions from the university for violating the USF Student Code of Conduct,” McDonald said.

In the email, McDonald said USF was unable to provide information on Lake’s disciplinary status due to student privacy laws.

Lake did not return a request for comment last week.

On Oct. 26, Lake posted a $35,000 bond and was released, jail records show. On Monday, Lake pleaded not guilty to second degree felony charges.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said Lake is subject to disciplinary actions for violating the USF Student Code of Conduct.