Frat suspended over ‘freshman daughter drop off’ signs – USA TODAY
The Sigma Nu chapter at Old Dominion University has been suspended while the school investigates an incident involving controversial banners hung outside an off-campus house, Brad Beacham, executive director of Sigma Nu’s national chapter said in a statement Monday, according to NBC News.
Reading, “Rowdy And Fun! Hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” “Freshman daughter drop off” and “Go ahead and drop off mom too,” the sexually suggestive posters reportedly targeted incoming female freshmen.
The banners near the university in Norfolk, Va., since removed, have shaken students and administrators alike.
Beacham said in the statement Monday that “information received by the fraternity today indicates that some chapter members may have been involved with the banners,” NBC reports.
“Any fraternity member found to be responsible for this reprehensible display will be held accountable by the fraternity,” Beacham added, according to NBC.
After news of the banners went viral, reports WTKR, the school sent a statement to the local station:
“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.”
Old Dominion President John Broderick also posted a message to faculty, staff, students and alumni on the university’s Facebook page expressing his “outrage.” Broderick said that the university constantly tries to educate its students about sexual assault and sexual harassment, and included a link to student leaders responding to the posters:
“I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended. While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.”
Contributing: Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network