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Vanderbilt University Suspends Fraternity After Rape 'Joke' Email

| by Michael Allen

The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Vanderbilt University was suspended after a member sent an email that poked fun at a highly-publicized rape case at the school.

The Sept. 22 email was sent to students who were trying to pledge into the fraternity in Nashville, Tenn.

"Monday Night Football at 7:30. We have refreshments and stadium seating. This will be a rape-free event... I promise. Football is safe again," stated part of the email, reports WBTV.

The email was referencing a rape case involving four ex-members of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team: Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, who are accused of raping a girl in June.

According to the Daily Mail, Vanderbilt University suspended the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and all their events while the incident is investigated.

"It conveys a message that is reprehensible in its disrespect for women and is not representative of the Vanderbilt University student body or the values that we uphold as a community," Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt's vice chancellor for public affairs, wrote in a statement.

The fraternity was also suspended by the Alpha Tau Omega's national office.

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The unidentified frat member who sent the email has apologized, but was kicked out of Alpha Tau Omega.

Sources: WBTV and Daily Mail