Vanderbilt University Suspends Fraternity After Rape 'Joke' Email
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.