Yale frat boys are so grounded

Pledging activities are brought to a halt, and the group's director is making a personal visit to the chapter

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Yale frat boys are so grounded

The charming Yale gents caught chanting about anal rape and necrophilia while pledging for the local chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon are in trouble with Dad. The chapter’s president, senior Jordan Forney, apologized last week for the incident, and DKE members participated Friday in a forum with Yale’s Women’s Center to discuss the incident, but the fraternity’s patriarchs have gone ahead and essentially grounded the New Haven chapter. All pledging activities are hereby put on hold.

Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity issued the following statement on its website: “The sentiments expressed during the [Yale chapter's] new member activity are deeply offensive, and do not adhere to the standards of morals and behavior that we expect of all DKE members.” Just in case that message didn’t hit home, the group’s executive director is making a personal visit this weekend “to review this incident and set forth a plan of action for the chapter.” (Wonder if he’s bringing one of those wooden paddles emblazoned with Greek letters.)

In the meantime, the university has declined to comment on whether the students will face any official punishment — and, even if they do, the plan is keep it confidential. Smart move, especially given this example of how bad public hazing can be for an institution’s public image.

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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