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Vanderbilt University Suspends Fraternity After Rape 'Joke' Email

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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.

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

Sources: WBTV and Daily Mail

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