Gee…wonder why fraternities have such a bad rap. Not all fraternity houses and their members are arrogant and disrespectful jackasses, but some of them are, as shown by a few frats at Old Dominion over the weekend.
During the school’s Welcome Week, a week that has emotional parents dropping off their 18-year-old sons and daughters for freshman year, a couple ODU frats did nothing to quell their college life concerns. They hung sexually suggestive and wildly inappropriate signs to greet the new ODU families.
The school released the following statement (via 13 News):
Messages like the ones displayed yesterday by a few students on the balcony of their private residence are not and will not be tolerated. The moment University staff became aware of these banners, they worked to have them removed. At ODU, we foster a community of respect and dignity and these messages sickened us. They are not representative of our 3,000 faculty and staff, 25,000 students and our 130,000 alumni.
Ours is a community that works actively to promote bystander intervention and takes a stand denouncing violence against women. The “It’s on Us” video is just one example of ODU students’ leadership on this topic.
In addition, the University ensures all students receive education on the prevention of sexual harassment and relationship violence.