A group of Virginia college students had their fraternity suspended after it posted signs on its building that many felt were misogynistic and offensive.
Sigma Nu fraternity announced Monday that it has suspended all activities on the Old Dominion University campus after members engaged in what it called a “reprehensible display,” Fox News reported.
The Old Dominion chapter of Sigma Nu hung signs from its building that read “Rowdy and fun hope your baby girl is ready for a good time…”; “Freshman daughter drop off” and “Go ahead and drop off mom too…”
“The Fraternity condemns the derogatory and demeaning language used on the banners,” Sigma Nu’s executive director Brad Beacham said in a statement. “Such language has no place in our Fraternity or within any caring community, such as that of ODU.”
The university’s president, John R. Broderick, said he was “outraged” and vowed immediate action.
“I said at my State of the University address that there is zero tolerance on this campus for sexual assault and sexual harassment,” he wrote on Facebook. “Any student found to have violated the code of conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.”
Broderick said one student he spoke to personally considered going home after seeing the signs.
The Old Dominion Student Government also issued a statement on Facebook condemning the signs.
“An incident occurred this weekend that does not reflect the university’s commitment to the prevention of sexual assault and dating violence,” the statement read. “Not only do these actions taken by a few individuals undermine the countless efforts at Old Dominion University to prevent sexual assault, they are also unwelcoming, offensive and unacceptable.”
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