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DECATUR, GA (WXIA) -- Emory University's Intrafraternity Council has suspended all social events in fraternity houses until further notice at the Clifton Road campus after a report of a sexual assault at a fraternity house over the weekend.

The incident happened at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house on Halloween night about 10:30 pm. The incident is under investigation and Emory Police have not yet released an official report.

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According to an email the university sent to its student body, the accuser was a female guest at the house, and was aquainted with with the person she says raped her.

The news was disturbing news for many students. "That's not an okay thing to have happen on campus," said student Claudia Garcia. "That is something that needs to be addressed."

Emory is already under federal investigation from the U.S. Department of Education for its handling of sexual violence cases but the university says it is being proactive in both preventing and dealing with sexual assault.

US Department of Education figures indicate 47 reported sexual assaults were reported at Emory in 2012 and 2013, more than the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech combined – with 39.

Emory says that may be because it has been very proactive in encouraging victims to come forward.

"I don't think it is because it happens more here than other places," said student Aspen Ono. "I think Emory is very transparent about what occurs."

In May, the Department of Education began an investigation into how Emory and 54 other universities deal with sexual assaults. The results of the investigation could be released by the end of the year.

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