ODU Students' Banners Leaves University Administration 'Sickened' And 'Outraged'

| by Brendan Kelly

Old Dominion University has responded to banners hung up by students that have been declared by many to be offensive and an example of rape culture.

The banners targeting freshman women at the private university in Norfolk, Virginia, sparked outrage from many.

"At ODU, we foster a community of respect and dignity and these messages sickened us," ODU spokeswoman Giovanna Genard said in a statement to NewsChannel 3.

The banners that students displayed at their private, off-campus house read several messages that were deemed offensive.

"Rowdy And Fun, Hope Your Baby Girl Is Ready For A Good Time," said one sign.

Another read "Freshman Daughter Drop Off" with a sign pointing down toward the front door.

The third banner said, "Go Ahead And Drop Off Mom Too…"

After the university contacted the students, the banners were removed.

ODU President John R. Broderick said in a statement that he was "outraged about the offensive message directed toward women," according to the Huffington Post.

The photo circulated after a Virginia man spotted the banners and shared a picture on Facebook. The original poster of the photo has since deleted it and changed his display name on Facebook. 

The university's Student Government Association posted a statement on social media speaking out against the banners.

"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," the SGA posted to their Facebook.

According to students, there are Sigma Nu fraternity brothers living in the house where the banners were displayed.

"Messages like the ones displayed yesterday by a few students on the balcony of their private residence are not and will not be tolerated," ODU said in a statement to Huffington Post.

Sources: WTKR, Huffington Post

Photo Credit: WTKR