[We don’t usually cover the goings on of non-NPHC fraternities or sororities but this is simply ridiculous and horrible.]
Today in “How To Get Your Chapter Snatched 101” and “What Were They Thinking 101” Sigma Nu fraternity, a traditional non-NPHC fraternity at Old Dominion University made headlines in Norfolk, Virginia after they hung sexually suggestive banners from a home directed at parents dropping their daughters off for their first year of college that read:
“Rowdy and Fun. Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time.”
“Freshman daughter drop off.”
“Go ahead and drop off mom too.”
The banners showed up Friday on the off-campus house on West 43rd Street around the same time that parents were dropping their freshmen off for their first day of college, 13NewsNow.com states.
Executive Director of Sigma Nu, Brad Beacham, in a statement Monday, said activities of the Eta Chi Chapter are suspended pending completion of an investigation.
“The Fraternity condemns the derogatory and demeaning language used on the banners. Such language has no place in our Fraternity or within any caring community, such as that of ODU,” Beacham said. “Any Fraternity member found to be responsible for this reprehensible display will be held accountable by the Fraternity,”
According to Beacham, some Sigma Nu chapter members may have had involvement with the banners and the fraternity is working with ODU administrators throughout the investigation.
“Upon completion of its investigation, the fraternity will take action in accordance with its principles and code of conduct,” Beacham said. “The fraternity will remain in close communication with ODU administrators throughout its investigation and review.”
In response to the banners, Old Dominion University president John R. Broderick wrote the following letter to ODU students, faculty and staff.
I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended.
While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.
A young lady I talked to earlier today courageously described the true meaning of the hurt this caused. She thought seriously about going back home.
But she was heartened, she explained, when she saw how fellow students were reacting to this incident on social media. She realized this callous and senseless act did not reflect the Old Dominion she has come to love.
The Student Government Association has recently developed the “Monarchs Raising Up” campaign educating our students on prevention of sexual and relationship violence, bystander intervention, and off-campus responsible behavior. Through video, online and in-person content, we layer education on these topics for all of our students throughout the year. All new freshman just received education this weekend on preventing discrimination and sexual assault in sessions we call “First Class.”
Here is a link to a video from our student leaders responding to this event–just one example of how Old Dominion University students take a stand every day in regards to respecting each other and promoting responsible behavior.
I said at my State of the University address that there is zero tolerance on this campus for sexual assault and sexual harassment. This incident will be reviewed immediately by those on campus empowered to do so. Any student found to have violated the code of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.
The banners hung from a private residence on 43 Street, near the ODU campus.
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