The campus leaders of San Diego State University's Greek organizations have agreed to suspend all social activities indefinitely to address the nationwide campus sexual assault crisis. The decision also comes in response to a particularly horrifying incident that occurred on SDSU's campus last week, when members from two different fraternities reportedly interrupted a "Take Back the Night" anti-rape march by waving sex toys in the air, shouting obscenities and throwing eggs at the protesters.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the dudebros' efforts to derail the Friday night protest was only a precursor to more violence. On Saturday, the night after the march, a woman reported that she was sexually assaulted at a party near campus; just a few hours after that, another young woman claimed six men attempted to pull her into their car, but she was able to escape unharmed. The Union-Tribune notes that the reported assault at a party is the seventh such report this semester alone.
As a result, the university's multiple Panhellenic groups met with school administrators to determine a course of action, which includes not only the suspension of fraternity social activities, but new requirements that members participate in sexual assault prevention classes as well. Other Greek organizations across the country have also made moves to address sexual assault at individual fraternities, such as placing offending chapters in escrow and requiring fraternities to become co-ed.