Durham investigating off-campus houses leased by Duke fraternity members
Posted February 3, 2015
Durham, N.C. — The city of Durham says it is looking for potential violations at about a dozen houses near Duke University's campus where fraternity members live.
Steve Medlin, with the Durham City-County Planning Department, said Tuesday that inspectors want to know if the off-campus houses meet city occupancy code, which specifies that no dwelling can have more than three unrelated people living in it, and whether fraternities are getting permits to hold parties.
Among the homes is one on Vickers Avenue, which Medlin said was brought to the city's attention by Duke. City inspectors found code violations there, he said, and the property owner has two weeks to come under compliance.
About five of the homes are on Chapel Hill Road, including one at 2505 Chapel Hill Road that is at the center of a police investigation into a woman's report that she was raped after attending a party last month.
Medlin said that the city has not found any violations at the residence.
"There was no evidence that could be gathered to show it was a fraternity house. What it showed was there were three people on each lease, and they met the occupancy rules," Medlin said. "It just so happened they were having parties on these structures on Chapel Hill (Road) and therefore, they were not in violation."
Police are still investigating the student's report that she was raped and have not named any suspects in the investigation.