Fraternity loses its charter for displaying pro-rape "no means yes" sign at a party

The Phi Delta Theta international organization condemned the Texas Tech chapter for promoting sexual assault

Published October 8, 2014 3:05PM (EDT)

  (Wikimedia Commons)
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The Phi Delta Theta fraternity seems to be keeping good on its word to do what it can to stop sexual violence on college campuses. This week, the fraternity's international organization stripped the Texas Tech University chapter of its charter for reportedly displaying a banner that read "No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal" at a party last month. Images of the poster, along with photos of a "vagina sprinkler" that shot water at guests, were posted online in September and sparked an investigation by Texas Tech, as well as the fraternity's temporary suspension by international officials.

On Monday, however, Phi Delta Theta officials posted an announcement on their website that the Texas Tech chapter has had its charter revoked:

Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity has placed the charter of the Texas Epsilon Chapter in escrow and removed from membership any individuals who directly violated organizational policy or were in a position of chapter leadership. These actions occurred immediately following the investigation regarding inappropriate signage at an unsanctioned chapter event held September 19.

The remaining members will have all activities limited to education in the areas of sexual assault prevention and bystander behavior, improving chapter operations, community service and philanthropic activities.

Other sanctions against the chapter include an assessment that will fund the aforementioned bystander education for the entire Texas Tech Greek Community and will help implement sexual assault prevention education locally and throughout Phi Delta Theta. The chapter will additionally provide over 10,000 hours of community service to organizations who are dedicated to rape crisis and sexual assault prevention.

The decision comes after Phi Delta Theta announced its partnership with seven other major Greek organizations to develop educational training programs regarding binge drinking and rape prevention. Clearly, the international organization is trying to walk the walk when it comes to addressing the nation's campus sexual assault crisis.

“When reviewing this reprehensible behavior, there was a clear lack of leadership that created an environment that was disrespectful to women," Phi Delta Theta associate executive vice president Sean Wagner said in a statement. "Part of our mission within Phi Delta Theta is to educate, and the intent of the comprehensive education offered is to empower remaining members with knowledge to help fight sexual assault at Texas Tech and other college campuses."

(h/t Raw Story)

By Jenny Kutner

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